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Civil War wests : testing the limits of the United States

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"This volume unifies the concerns of Civil War and western history, revealing how Confederate secession created new and shifting borderlands. In the West, both Civil War battlefields and Civil War ...

"This volume unifies the concerns of Civil War and western history, revealing how Confederate secession created new and shifting borderlands. In the West, both Civil War battlefields and Civil War politics engaged a wider range of ethnic and racial distinctions, raising questions that would arise only later in places farther east. Likewise, the histories of occupation, reincorporation, and expanded citizenship during Reconstruction in the South have ignored the connections to previous as well as subsequent efforts in the West. The stories contained in this volume complicate our understanding of the paths from slavery to freedom for white as well as non-white Americans. By placing the histories of the American West and the Civil War and Reconstruction into one sustained conversation, this volume expands the limits of both by emphasizing how struggles over land, labor, sovereignty, and citizenship shaped the U.S. nation-state in this tumultuous era. This volume highlights significant moments and common concerns of this continuous conflict, as it stretched across the continent and throughout the nineteenth century"--Provided by publisher.

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edited by Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill
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Publication
  • Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
  • ©2015
Physical Details
  • vi, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
ISBNs
9780520283787, 9780520959576, 0520283791, 132266868X, 0520959574, 0520283783, 9780520283794
OCLC
ocn900632908, ocn881875924

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-303) and index.

  • Introduction : Testing the limits of the United States : the history of the Civil War and the American West in one frame / Adam Arenson -- Thwarting Southern schemes and British bluster in the Pacific Northwest / James Robbins Jewell -- Death in the distance : Confederate manifest destiny and the campaign for New Mexico, 1861-1862 / Megan Kate Nelson -- Kit Carson and the war for the Southwest : separation and survival along the Rio Grande, 1862-1868 / Lance R. Blyth -- Scattered people : the long history of forced eviction in the Kansas-Missouri borderlands / Diane Mutti Burke -- "The future empire of our freedmen?" : Republican colonization schemes in Texas and Mexico, 1861-1865 / Nicholas Guyatt -- Three faces of sovereignty : governing Confederate, Mexican, and Indian Texas in the Civil War era / Gregory P. Downs -- Redemption falls short : soldier and surgeon in the post-Civil War Far West / William Deverell -- Still picture, moving stories : Reconstruction comes to Indian country / Martha Sandweiss -- Race, religion, and naturalization : how the West shaped citizenship debates in the Reconstruction Congress / Joshua Paddison -- Broadening the battlefield : conflict, contingency, and the mystery of woman suffrage in Wyoming, 1869 / Virginia Scharff -- "Dis land which jines dat of Ole master's" : the meaning of citizenship for the Choctaw freedpeople / Fay A. Yarbrough -- "Citizen's clothing" : Reconstruction, Ho-Chunk persistence, and the politics of dress / Stephen Kantrowitz -- Epilogue : the widest implications of disorienting the Civil War era / Steven Hahn
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