Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict by Susannah J. Ural, Seth Kunin, Francesca Murphy |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict

Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict

by Susannah J. Ural, Seth Kunin, Francesca Murphy
     
 

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At its core, the Civil War was a conflict over the meaning of citizenship. Most famously, it became a struggle over whether or not to grant rights to a group that stood outside the pale of civil-society: African Americans. But other groups—namely Jews, Germans, the Irish, and Native Americans—also became part of this struggle to exercise rights

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At its core, the Civil War was a conflict over the meaning of citizenship. Most famously, it became a struggle over whether or not to grant rights to a group that stood outside the pale of civil-society: African Americans. But other groups—namely Jews, Germans, the Irish, and Native Americans—also became part of this struggle to exercise rights stripped from them by legislation, court rulings, and the prejudices that defined the age.

Grounded in extensive research by experts in their respective fields, Civil War Citizens is the first volume to collectively analyze the wartime experiences of those who lived outside the dominant white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant citizenry of nineteenth-century America. The essays examine the momentous decisions made by these communities in the face of war, their desire for full citizenship, the complex loyalties that shaped their actions, and the inspiring and heartbreaking results of their choices— choices that still echo through the United States today.

Contributors: Stephen D. Engle, William McKee Evans, David T. Gleeson, Andrea Mehrländer, Joseph P. Reidy, Robert N. Rosen, and Susannah J. Ural.

Editorial Reviews

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"...this book is the first attempt to incorporate such a wide variety of groups into a single volume and the overall content will certainly be of use to historians of immigration and ethnicity during the Civil War era." -JSTOR

"Civil War Citizens offers a fascinating, textured, and often highly nuanced glimpse into forgotten nineteenth-century worlds and constituencies and in doing so brings to the forefront the critical issues of multiple loyalties, citizenship, and ethnicity."-Cheryl A. Wells,Journal of Southern History

"useful overviews for undergraduate students or scholars seeking an introduction to each group's wartime experiences"-Journal of American Ethnic History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814785706
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,191,906
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Susannah J. Ural is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of War and Society. She is the author of The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (NYU Press, 2006).

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