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The war was you and me : civilians in the American Civil War

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Though civilians constituted the majority of the nation's population and were intimately involved with almost every aspect of the war, we know little about the civilian experience of the Civil War....

Though civilians constituted the majority of the nation's population and were intimately involved with almost every aspect of the war, we know little about the civilian experience of the Civil War. Southerners lived through the breakup of basic social and economic institutions, including slavery. Northerners witnessed the reorganization of society to fight the war. And citizens of the border regions grappled with elemental questions of loyalty that reached into the family itself. These original essays recover the stories of civilians from Natchez to New England. They address the experiences of men, women, and children of whites, slaves, and free blacks and of civilians from numerous classes. Not least of these stories are the on-the-ground experiences of slaves seeking emancipation and the actions of white Northerners who resisted the draft. Many of the authors present brand new material, such as the war's effect on the sounds of daily life and on reading culture. Others examine the war's premiere events, including the battle of Gettysburg and the Lincoln assassination, from fresh perspectives. Several consider the passionate debate that broke out over how to remember the war, a debate that has persisted into our own time.

Creator
Joan E. Cashin, editor
Format
Books
Language
English
Publication
  • Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2002]
Physical Details
  • 1 online resource
  • data file
ISBNs
0691218110, 9780691218113, 9780691091730
OCLC
on1193126879

  • Cover Page -- Half-title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Contents -- Editor's Acknowledgments -- Editor's Introduction -- Part One -- The South -- 1. Of Bells, Booms, Sounds, and Silences: Listening to the Civil War South -- 2. A Compound of Wonderful Potency: Women Teachers of the North in the Civil War South -- 3. Slaves, Emancipation, and the Powers of War: Views from the Natchez District of Mississippi -- 4. Hearth, Home, and Family in the Fredericksburg Campaign -- 5. The Uncertainty of Life: A Profile of Virginia's Civil War Widows
  • 6. Race, Memory, and Masculinity: Black Veterans Recall the Civil War -- Part Two -- The North -- 7. An Inspiration to Work: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, Public Orator -- 8. We Are Coming, Father Abraham -- Eventually: The Problem of Northern Nationalism in the Pennsylvania Recruiting Drives of 1862 -- 9. Living on the Fault Line: African American Civilians and the Gettysburg Campaign -- 10. Cannonballs and Books: Reading and the Disruption of Social Ties on the New England Home Front -- 11. Deserters, Civilians, and Draft Resistance in the North
  • 12. Mary Surratt and the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln -- Part Three -- The Border Regions -- 13. On the Border: White Children and the Politics of War in Maryland -- 14. Duty, Country, Race, and Party: The Evans Family of Ohio -- 15. Union Father, Rebel Son: Families and the Question of Civil War Loyalty -- About the Contributors -- Index -- Illustrations
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