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In a Land of Strangers: Northern Teachers in the Old South, 1790-1865
Michael Bernath, University of Miami

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Our Yankee: The Uncertain Fate of Northern Teachers in the Seceded South (Article)
Title: Our Yankee: The Uncertain Fate of Northern Teachers in the Seceded South
Author: Michael T. Bernath
Abstract: By 1861, northern teachers had long occupied a unique place within southern society. Collectively denounced as dangerous foreign agents, individually, southerners placed great trust in their own “Yankee” teacher. Thus, these northerners presented a dilemma for Confederates when the war came, and there was an escalating tension between public and private perceptions. Northern teachers, too, struggled over what to do. A surprising number stayed. Some declared their allegiance to the Confederacy, but others did not, hoping they could maintain their apolitical status. That they thought they could do so says much about the nature of sectional identity and the perceived relationship between the individual and the nation. That, for most of them, these hopes would be dashed says something else about the pressures of war and the growing demands of nationalism.
Year: 2018
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Publisher: Civil War History


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