History Carnival #23!

Rob MacDougall has done a wonderful job with History Carnival #23. I expect to be reading posts easily for the next fortnight.

I’m particularly interested in this post about whether or not the American Civil War transformed us grammatically and politically, from “the United States are” to the “United States is.”


2 thoughts on “

  1. It would be more enlightening to go beyond the switch from plural to singular (referring to the United States) to determine if there was a change in the national psyche after the Civil War. Look at the various attempts at rebellions against a state – such as Rhode Island in the early 1840’s or the ability of a state to charge someone with treason against the state, for instance, to see what structural changes, if any, the Civil War made. It would also be interesting to see how the nation was referred to in the popular press before and after the Civil War to try to gauge what happened. Maybe this has already been done??? I think the Civil War completed the American Revolution.A TW Dorr “scholar.”

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