Winter 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1997 |

When Sons Remember Their Fathers

Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom by Russ Castronovo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. 295 pages. $32.00.   Over the past half decade, historians of American culture have been attracted to two quite disparate avenues of inquiry, one involving a heightened understanding of memory and the second expanding the parameters of gender to include the meanings of masculinity. Certainly the mythic and cultural significance of the "Founding Fathers" for a generation of Americans on the eve of the Civil War offers a rich field for exploring both of these. An understanding of the "Founding Fathers" demands an analysis of the relationships between fathers and sons (both real and metaphorical) as well as the manner in which different antebellum Americans constructed their memory of the legacy bequeathed to them by the revolutionary generation. In his essay, "Memory and American History," David Thelen observed that "the construction and na

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Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom by Russ Castronovo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. 295 pages. $32.00.   Over the past half decade, historians of American […]

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