Sarah Anne Rubin on
"Through the Heart of Dixie:
Sherman's March and America"
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Dr. Rubin discusses her forthcoming book and web project: Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America. Rather than retell the story of the march, this project explores the myriad ways in which Americans have remembered, retold, and re-imagined Sherman's march. It looks at the march from a kaleidoscope of perspectives (African-Americans, Union soldiers, Confederates, women, environmental) and a mosaic of sources (travel accounts, memoirs, music, literature, films and newspapers). Through the Heart of Dixie unpacks the many myths and legends that have grown up around the march, not in the service of proving them true or false, but rather to use them as a lens into the ways that Americans' thoughts about the Civil War have changed over time.