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Heroes & cowards : the social face of war / Dora L. Costa & Matthew E. Kahn.

By: Costa, Dora L.
Contributor(s): Kahn, Matthew E, 1966-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: NBER series on long-term factors in economic development: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008Description: xxvi, 315 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780691137049 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0691137048 (hardcover : alk. paper).Other title: Heroes and cowards.Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects | Soldiers -- United States -- Biography | African American soldiers -- Biography | United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century | United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865 | Cultural pluralism -- United States -- Case studies | Community life -- United States -- Case studies | Social networks -- United States -- Case studiesDDC classification: 973.7/1
Contents:
1. Loyalty and Sacrifice -- 2. Why the U.S. Civil War? -- 3. Building the Armies -- 4. Heroes and Cowards -- 5. POW Camp Survivors -- 6. The Homecoming of Heroes and Cowards -- 7. Slaves Become Freemen -- 8. Learning from the Past -- Appendix. Records and Collection Methods.
Summary: Heroes and Cowards demonstrates the role that social capital plays in people's decisions. The makeup of various companies--whether soldiers were of the same ethnicity, age, and occupation--influenced whether soldiers remained loyal or whether they deserted. Costa and Kahn discuss how the soldiers benefited from friendships, what social factors allowed some to survive the POW camps while others died, and how punishments meted out for breaking codes of conduct affected men after the war. The book also examines the experience of African-American soldiers and makes important observations about how their comrades shaped their lives. --from publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-290) and index.

1. Loyalty and Sacrifice -- 2. Why the U.S. Civil War? -- 3. Building the Armies -- 4. Heroes and Cowards -- 5. POW Camp Survivors -- 6. The Homecoming of Heroes and Cowards -- 7. Slaves Become Freemen -- 8. Learning from the Past -- Appendix. Records and Collection Methods.

Heroes and Cowards demonstrates the role that social capital plays in people's decisions. The makeup of various companies--whether soldiers were of the same ethnicity, age, and occupation--influenced whether soldiers remained loyal or whether they deserted. Costa and Kahn discuss how the soldiers benefited from friendships, what social factors allowed some to survive the POW camps while others died, and how punishments meted out for breaking codes of conduct affected men after the war. The book also examines the experience of African-American soldiers and makes important observations about how their comrades shaped their lives. --from publisher description.

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This is brilliant social science, dealing with key themes by means of powerful methods used on a superb database. The authors are economic historians (UCLA) skilled in quantitative analysis who investigate social factors that caused Union soldiers to act as heroes or cowards during the Civil War. There is a mass of careful findings, all of which point to the broad conclusion that homogeneity encouraged heroism. Artisans from rural areas who joined up convinced of the cause did not desert, not least because their reputations at home were on the line; further, their ability to help each other meant that they survived in prisoner of war camps better than did isolated individuals. Cowards tended to come from cities, to be more isolated, to desert, and to die more quickly when captured. A brilliant chapter on African American soldiers shows that the war led many to become literate, and thereby to move to cities where they prospered. This is a classic. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. J. A. Hall McGill University

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Dora L. Costa is the author of The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990 . She teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles. Matthew E. Kahn is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment . He also teaches at UCLA. Costa and Kahn are research associates at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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