Funny Thing About the Civil War

The Humor of an American Tragedy

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About the Book

Examining humor in depictions of the Civil War from the war years to the present, this review covers a wide range of literature, film and television in historical context. Wartime humor served as a form of propaganda to render the enemy and their cause laughable, but also to help people cope with the human costs of the conflict. After the war many authors and, later, movie and television producers employed humor to shape its legacy, perpetuating myths and stereotypes that became ingrained in American memory. Giving attention to the stories behind the stories, the author focuses on what people laughed at, who they laughed with and what it reveals about their view of events.

About the Author(s)

Thomas F. Curran teaches in the department of social studies at Cor Jesu Academy in in Affton, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas F. Curran
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9235-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5029-6
Imprint: McFarland