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

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

by Catherine Clinton, Nina Silber
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195174441
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : colliding and collaborating : gender and Civil War scholarship3
2Fighting like men : Civil War dilemmas of abolitionist manhood19
3"Oh I pass everywhere : Catholic nuns in the Gulf South during the Civil War41
4"Public women" and sexual politics during the American Civil War61
5The other side of freedom : destitution, disease, and dependency among freedwomen and their children during and after the Civil War78
6Mary Walker, Mary Surratt, and some thoughts on gender in the Civil War104
7Embattled manhood and New England writers, 1860-1870120
8Sexual terror in the Reconstruction South140
9Politics and petticoats in the same pod : Florence Fay, Betsey Bittersweet, and the reconstruction of southern womahood, 1865-1868168
10The Confederate retreat to Mars and Venus189

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