Inevitable War Analysis

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The Inevitable War:
Multifaceted Analysis of American Civil War Nationalism in Film Literature

Chen Wenxin, Chloe

University of Colorado Denver

The Inevitable War
Multifaceted Analysis of American Civil War Nationalism in Film Literature
Nationalism refers to the idea how people with common cultural and political backgrounds identify themselves as a nation. On the issue of the necessity of the American Civil War, two preferences on nationalism differences and slavery have taken the thoughts of the majority. While revisionists hold their opinions that this war is totally preventable because of some better decisions that should have been made on policies of slavery and blaming northern and southern firebrands for causing the war (Perman, 1989), I, however, believe that this war was inevitable because of the nationalism instead of slavery, based on the shattered nationalism before the war, the major purpose of the war considered by leaders, which is to unify the whole nation, and the final outcomes of the war which basically formed a unified nationalism at the expense of the previous slaves instead of changing the lives of all African-Americans. In this study, scripts and some analysis of historical films will be used as the main sources of materials and evidence. Since the films are likely to provide some deviated truths to enhance the artistic effect, some additional research articles will also be applied in this study to ensure the accuracy of the facts.
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