Battle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War / Edition 1

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Over a decade ago, the publication of Divided Houses ushered in a new field of scholarship on gender and the Civil War. Following in its wake, Battle Scars showcases insights from award-winning historians as well as emerging scholars. This volume depicts the ways in which gender, race, nationalism, religion, literary culture, sexual mores, and even epidemiology underwent radical transformations from when Americans went to war in 1861 through Reconstruction. Examining the interplay among such phenomena as racial stereotypes, sexual violence, trauma, and notions of masculinity, Battle Scars represents the best new scholarship on men and women in the North and South and highlights how lives were transformed by this era of tumultuous change.

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"No historians have done more to broaden our understanding of the Civil War than Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber. In this new volume, they stretch the boundaries yet again, introducing us to new voices, new subjects, and new ways of looking at old topics. Everyone interested in this central drama of American history should be grateful."-Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

"Civil War historians are already in debt to Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber for their groundbreaking collection Divided Houses. This is most assuredly another 'must read' for anyone seeking fresh and fascinating insight into the Civil War and its lasting aftermath."—Lesley J. Gordon, co-editor of Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and their Wives

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174441
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/23/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Clinton is a historian and the author of many titles, including Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. Nina Silber is Associate Professor of History at Boston University and the author, most recently, of Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War. They co-edited Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (OUP, 1992).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : colliding and collaborating : gender and Civil War scholarship 3
2 Fighting like men : Civil War dilemmas of abolitionist manhood 19
3 "Oh I pass everywhere : Catholic nuns in the Gulf South during the Civil War 41
4 "Public women" and sexual politics during the American Civil War 61
5 The other side of freedom : destitution, disease, and dependency among freedwomen and their children during and after the Civil War 78
6 Mary Walker, Mary Surratt, and some thoughts on gender in the Civil War 104
7 Embattled manhood and New England writers, 1860-1870 120
8 Sexual terror in the Reconstruction South 140
9 Politics and petticoats in the same pod : Florence Fay, Betsey Bittersweet, and the reconstruction of southern womahood, 1865-1868 168
10 The Confederate retreat to Mars and Venus 189
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