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The war was you and me : civilians in the American Civil War / Joan E. Cashin, editor.

Contributor(s): Cashin, Joan E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002Description: viii, 397 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0691091730; 9780691091730; 0691091749 (alk. paper); 9780691091747 (alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- InfluenceDDC classification: 973.7/1 | 973.708 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Of bells, booms, sounds, and silences : listening to the Civil War South / Mark M. Smith -- A compound of wonderful potency : women teachers of the North in the Civil War South / Nina Silber -- Slaves, emancipation, and the powers of war : views from the Natchez district of Mississippi / Anthony E. Kaye -- Hearth, home, and family in the Fredericksburg campaign / George C. Rable -- The uncertainty of life : a profile of Virginia's Civil War widows / Robert Kenzer -- Race, memory, and masculinity : Black veterans recall the Civil War / W. Fitzhugh Brundage -- An inspiration to work : Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, public orator / J. Matthew Gallman -- We are coming, father Abraham, eventually : the problem of Northern nationalism in the Pennsylvania recruiting drives of 1862 / William Blair -- Living on the fault line : African American civilians and the Gettysburg campaign / Margaret S. Creighton -- Cannonballs and books : reading and the disruption of social ties on the New England home front / Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray -- Deserters, civilians, and draft resistance in the North / Joan E. Cashin -- Mary Surratt and the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln / Elizabeth D. Leonard -- On the border : white children and the politics of war in Maryland / Peter W. Bardaglio -- Duty, country, race, and party : the Evans family of Ohio / Joseph T. Glatthaar -- Union father, rebel son : families and the question of Civil War loyalty / Amy E. Murrell.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Of bells, booms, sounds, and silences : listening to the Civil War South / Mark M. Smith -- A compound of wonderful potency : women teachers of the North in the Civil War South / Nina Silber -- Slaves, emancipation, and the powers of war : views from the Natchez district of Mississippi / Anthony E. Kaye -- Hearth, home, and family in the Fredericksburg campaign / George C. Rable -- The uncertainty of life : a profile of Virginia's Civil War widows / Robert Kenzer -- Race, memory, and masculinity : Black veterans recall the Civil War / W. Fitzhugh Brundage -- An inspiration to work : Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, public orator / J. Matthew Gallman -- We are coming, father Abraham, eventually : the problem of Northern nationalism in the Pennsylvania recruiting drives of 1862 / William Blair -- Living on the fault line : African American civilians and the Gettysburg campaign / Margaret S. Creighton -- Cannonballs and books : reading and the disruption of social ties on the New England home front / Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray -- Deserters, civilians, and draft resistance in the North / Joan E. Cashin -- Mary Surratt and the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln / Elizabeth D. Leonard -- On the border : white children and the politics of war in Maryland / Peter W. Bardaglio -- Duty, country, race, and party : the Evans family of Ohio / Joseph T. Glatthaar -- Union father, rebel son : families and the question of Civil War loyalty / Amy E. Murrell.

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.

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Fifteen essays comprise this study of the experiences of civilians (of both races and sexes) during the Civil War, offering more evidence of the trend of examining home front life in both the North and South during the extraordinary time of war. Although civilians were insulated from the worst horrors of war, they were greatly affected by the conflict. The essays generally fall into one of several categories. A few deal with community and family; others provide insight into what changes the war caused for women. In addition to gender, several essayists examine adjustments in regard to race. More traditional topics that have previously commanded consideration--political and economic situations--are not addressed. These are fresh topics, written in an engaging style by solid historians, and based on primary sources. A scholarly attention to individuals and military campaigns has meant that until recently, the civilian side of the war has been neglected. Yet, the editor notes the "inherent drama of the civil war experiences" of the general population, whatever their allegiance. This volume takes its place in what some have called the "new social history" of the Civil War. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduates and above. W. W. Rogers Jr. Gainesville College

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Joan E. Cashin is Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University. She is the author of A Family Venture: Men and Women on the Southern Frontier and the editor of Our Common Affairs: Texts from Women in the Old South .

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