19. The “Dream of a Republic”

War, Reconstruction, and Future History

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch19

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) The “Dream of a Republic”, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch19

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • The “Dream of a Republic,” war, Reconstruction and future history;
  • Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court;
  • De Forest and the Great American War;
  • Edmund Wilson's essay on De Forest in Patriotic Gore;
  • imagining history, contradictory chronicles of the Reconstruction;
  • John Esten Cooke, The Virginia Comedians, Henry St. John, Gentleman;
  • A Fool's Errand, postwar Southern disillusionment, Reconstruction policies;
  • reform fiction of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era;
  • quixotic dreams and romantic lies in Medieval America


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • De Forest and the Great American War

  • Imagining History: Contradictory Chronicles of the Reconstruction

  • Dream Visions: Utopian Romance - Time Travel - Future History

  • Quixotic Dreams and Romantic Lies in Medieval America

  • Dream of a republic: Two reigns of terror, rags, and a new deal

  • The ghost in the machine: Technological despotism