Clement Eaton (essay date 1968)
SOURCE: Eaton, Clement. “What Happened to Culture in the Confederacy.” In The Waning of the Old South Civilization, 1860-1880's, pp. 79-109. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1968.
[In the following essay, Eaton evaluates the impact of the Civil War on Southern culture.]
The founding of the Southern Confederacy, young Sidney Lanier predicted, would inaugurate a new and glorious era of culture in the Southern states. Having freed themselves from the galling bondage of the old Union, the Southern states would experience a rejuvenation, a sudden burst of prosperity and culture. Macon, Georgia, his birthplace, would become an art center, its streets lined with...
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