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Divided houses : gender and the Civil War / edited by Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber.

Contributor(s): Clinton, Catherine, 1952- | Silber, Nina.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992Description: xvii, 418 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0195074076 (acid-free paper); 9780195074079 (acid-free paper); 0195080343 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 9780195080346 (pbk. : acid-free paper).Subject(s): Sex role -- United States -- History -- 19th century | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans | Sex roles History | United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Divided houses.DDC classification: 305.3/0973 LOC classification: HQ1075.U6 | D58 1992Other classification: 15.85 | HD 475 | NP 6020
Contents:
The Civil War as a crisis in gender / LeeAnn Whites -- The politics of yeoman households in South Carolina / Stephanie McCurry -- Soldiering, manhood, and coming of age : a northern volunteer / Reid Mitchell -- No desperate hero : manhood and freedom in a Union soldier's experience / David W. Blight -- "I's a man now" : gender and African American men / Jim Cullen -- Arranging a doll's house : refined women as Union nurses / Kristie Ross -- Acting her part : narratives of Union women spies / Lyde Cullen Sizer -- "Missing in action" : women of the confederacy / George Rable -- Women and guerrilla warfare / Michael Fellman -- Altars of sacrifice : Confederate women and the narratives of war / Drew Gilpin Faust -- "Since the war broke out" : the marriage of Kate and William McLure -- The children of jubilee : African American childhood in wartime / Peter Bardaglio -- Wartime dialogues on illicit sex : white women and black men / Martha Hodes -- Warwork and the crisis of domesticity in the North / Jeanie Attie -- Writing out the war : Harriet Beecher Stowe's averted gaze / Patricia R. Hill -- Intemperate men, spiteful women, and Jefferson Davis / Nina Silber -- Reconstructing freedwomen / Catherine Clinton -- Reshaping the bonds of womanhood : divorce in reconstruction North Carolina / Victoria Bynum.
Summary: Divided Houses is the first book to show how the Civil War transformed gender roles and attitudes toward sexuality among Americans. This unique volume brings together a wide spectrum of critical viewpoints by newly emerging scholars as well as distinguished authors in the field to show how gender became a prism through which the political tensions of antebellum America were filtered and focused. Through the course of the book, many fascinating subjects are explored, from new "manly" responsibilities both black and white men had thrust upon them as soldiers, to women's roles in the guerrilla fighting, to the wartime dialogue on interracial sex. In addition, an incisive introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson helps place these various subjects within an overall historical context. Divided House sheds new light on the entire Civil War experience, demonstrating how themes of gender, class, race, and sexuality interacted to forge the beginnings of a new society.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-351) and index.

The Civil War as a crisis in gender / LeeAnn Whites -- The politics of yeoman households in South Carolina / Stephanie McCurry -- Soldiering, manhood, and coming of age : a northern volunteer / Reid Mitchell -- No desperate hero : manhood and freedom in a Union soldier's experience / David W. Blight -- "I's a man now" : gender and African American men / Jim Cullen -- Arranging a doll's house : refined women as Union nurses / Kristie Ross -- Acting her part : narratives of Union women spies / Lyde Cullen Sizer -- "Missing in action" : women of the confederacy / George Rable -- Women and guerrilla warfare / Michael Fellman -- Altars of sacrifice : Confederate women and the narratives of war / Drew Gilpin Faust -- "Since the war broke out" : the marriage of Kate and William McLure -- The children of jubilee : African American childhood in wartime / Peter Bardaglio -- Wartime dialogues on illicit sex : white women and black men / Martha Hodes -- Warwork and the crisis of domesticity in the North / Jeanie Attie -- Writing out the war : Harriet Beecher Stowe's averted gaze / Patricia R. Hill -- Intemperate men, spiteful women, and Jefferson Davis / Nina Silber -- Reconstructing freedwomen / Catherine Clinton -- Reshaping the bonds of womanhood : divorce in reconstruction North Carolina / Victoria Bynum.

Divided Houses is the first book to show how the Civil War transformed gender roles and attitudes toward sexuality among Americans. This unique volume brings together a wide spectrum of critical viewpoints by newly emerging scholars as well as distinguished authors in the field to show how gender became a prism through which the political tensions of antebellum America were filtered and focused. Through the course of the book, many fascinating subjects are explored, from new "manly" responsibilities both black and white men had thrust upon them as soldiers, to women's roles in the guerrilla fighting, to the wartime dialogue on interracial sex. In addition, an incisive introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson helps place these various subjects within an overall historical context. Divided House sheds new light on the entire Civil War experience, demonstrating how themes of gender, class, race, and sexuality interacted to forge the beginnings of a new society.

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How did one of the Southern states arrive at the conclusion to secede from the United States? And why? This work answers these questions by bringing together, for the first time, the speeches given in late 1860 in Milledgeville, Georgia. The essays, written as Georgia debated the secession question, were penned with feeling and emotion by seven highly respected Georgia gentlemen politicians. Preceding each essay is a short but thorough description of the politician and his importance in the secession debate. Perfect for all large public and academic libraries and for any library with an interest in Southern history.-- Tina A. Oswald, Huntsville, Alabama (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elizabeth Clinton is at Harvard. Nina Silber is at Boston University.

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