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

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814785706
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 842,354
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction Susannah J. Ural 1

1 Yankee Dutchmen: Germans, the Union, and the Construction of Wartime Identity Stephen D. Engle 11

2 "With More Freedom and Independence Than the Yankees": The Germans of Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans during the American Civil War Andrea Mehrländer 57

3 "Ye Sons of Green Erin Assemble": Northern Irish American Catholics and the Union War Effort, 1861-1865 Susannah J. Ural 99

4 Irish Rebels, Southern Rebels: The Irish Confederates David T. Gleeson 133

5 The Jewish Confederates Robert N. Rosen 157

6 Native Americans in the Civil War: Three Experiences William McKee Evans 187

7 The African American Struggle for Citizenship Rights in the Northern United States during the Civil War Joseph P Reidy 213

About the Contributors 237

Index 239

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