Book cover of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War by Megan Kate Nelsonby Megan Kate Nelson
@megankatenelson

During the Civil War, cities, houses, forests, and soldiers’ bodies were transformed into “dead heaps of ruins,” novel sights in the southern landscape. How did this happen, and why? And what did Americans—northern and southern, black and white, male and female—make of this proliferation of ruins? Ruin Nation is the first book to bring together environmental and cultural histories to consider the evocative power of ruination as an imagined state, an act of destruction, and a process of change. 

Megan Kate Nelson examines the narratives and images that Americans produced as they confronted the war’s destructiveness.

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