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Reconstructing the American under the Most Unimaginable Conditions: Civil War Veterans in the "Arabian Nights"

Reconstructing the American under the Most Unimaginable Conditions: Civil War Veterans in the... <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article provides a window into the network of ex-Confederate and Union veterans who served in the Egyptian army in the 1870s as mercenaries. Concerned about financial and professional anxieties during Reconstruction, these officers found a common cause far from home. Egyptian sojourn provided them with stability and opportunity to restore their dignity as fathers, husbands, or soldiers. The American version of the "Arabian Nights" proves that Reconstruction extended far beyond the US borders, containing both an extant sectional pride and a salient image of national reunion. The article also examines the psychological foundations of this micro reconciliation and the sense of cultural alienation in a profoundly foreign setting, which contributed to the former foes&apos; display of American fraternity.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Reconstructing the American under the Most Unimaginable Conditions: Civil War Veterans in the "Arabian Nights"

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article provides a window into the network of ex-Confederate and Union veterans who served in the Egyptian army in the 1870s as mercenaries. Concerned about financial and professional anxieties during Reconstruction, these officers found a common cause far from home. Egyptian sojourn provided them with stability and opportunity to restore their dignity as fathers, husbands, or soldiers. The American version of the "Arabian Nights" proves that Reconstruction extended far beyond the US borders, containing both an extant sectional pride and a salient image of national reunion. The article also examines the psychological foundations of this micro reconciliation and the sense of cultural alienation in a profoundly foreign setting, which contributed to the former foes&apos; display of American fraternity.</p>

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 12, 2021

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