Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front

Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front

by James Marten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823227944

ISBN-13: 9780823227945

Pub. Date: 12/15/2007

Publisher: Fordham University Press

"Out of the three million who fought, six hundred thousand died. The U.S. Civil War affected not only the soldiers who fought, but everyone. It was a war that forever altered the lives of countless men, women, and children. Diaries, letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles recount the stories, feelings, and actions of people who experienced the war firsthand.…  See more details below

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"Out of the three million who fought, six hundred thousand died. The U.S. Civil War affected not only the soldiers who fought, but everyone. It was a war that forever altered the lives of countless men, women, and children. Diaries, letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles recount the stories, feelings, and actions of people who experienced the war firsthand. In addition, this illuminating collection: brings together in one source information and experiences from the North and South, black and white, young and old, male and female; includes the writings of George Templeton Strong, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, and Ambrose Bierce; gives firsthand accounts of key events like the draft riots in New York City and the Siege of Vicksburg; and conveys the complexity of relationships between soldiers and civilians, Northerners and Southern African Americans, Union men and Southern women." Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front recounts the personal experiences of slaves, slave owners, refugees, dissenters, journalists, veterans, widows, and orphans alike. Civil War buffs, students, scholars, and general readers will read stories of the war never told before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823227945
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Series:
North's Civil War Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "A People's War"
Pt. ISouthern Civilians under Siege
1The Last Fire-Eater: Edmund Ruffin3
2Times to Try a Woman's Soul17
3A Miserable, Frightened Life: Southern Refugees27
4"A Species of Passionate Insanity": Women of Vicksburg41
5Culture Clash: Invaders and Rebels in the Occupied South53
6A Lukewarm People: Home Front Dissenters in the Confederacy65
7"I Ain't Ashamed of Nuthin": Bill Arp Explains the Confederate Home Front75
Pt. IINorthern Society at War
8George Templeton Strong and the Serious Job of Journalizing87
9Reporting the War: Civil War Journalism in the North99
10Literary Nurses: Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman113
11Thinking Big: Love and Advice from Civil War Fathers125
12A Record of Munificence: Supporting the Troops135
13"The Bloody Week": The New York City Draft Riots147
Pt. IIIThe Children's Civil War
14Rabid Partisans among Their Playmates161
15What a Difference a War Makes: A Northern Boy and a Southern Girl171
16Playing Soldier: Phip Flaxen and the Watermelon War181
17Oliver Optic's Civil War: Northern Children and the Literary War for the Union193
Pt. IVAfrican Americans and the War
18Havens and Hellholes: Challenges and Opportunities in the Contraband Camps209
19Testing the Boundaries: Slave Lives in the Confederacy223
20Free to Learn: Educating Freedpeople235
Pt. VAftermaths
21"That Such a Thing Could Ever Happen": The Death of a President253
22Out at the Soldiers' Home: Union Veterans267
23Children of the Battlefield: Soldiers' Orphans279
24Up from Slavery: African Americans after the War291
25"True Soldiers of the Southern Cross": Confederate Women and the Lost Cause303
26The Devil's Civil War: The Stories of Ambrose Bierce317
Bibliographical Essay329
Index335

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