Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War / Edition 1

Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War / Edition 1

by Nina Silber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674016777

ISBN-13: 9780674016774

Pub. Date: 05/16/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

"Daughters of the Union casts a spotlight on some of the most overlooked and least understood participants in the American Civil War: the women of the North. Unlike their Confederate counterparts, who were often caught in the midst of the conflict, most Northern women remained far from the dangers of battle. Nonetheless, they enlisted in the Union cause on their home…  See more details below

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"Daughters of the Union casts a spotlight on some of the most overlooked and least understood participants in the American Civil War: the women of the North. Unlike their Confederate counterparts, who were often caught in the midst of the conflict, most Northern women remained far from the dangers of battle. Nonetheless, they enlisted in the Union cause on their home ground, and the experience transformed their lives." "Nina Silber traces the emergence of a new sense of self and citizenship among the women left behind by Union soldiers. She offers a complex account, bolstered by women's own words from diaries and letters, of the changes in activity and attitude wrought by the war. Women became wage-earners, participants in partisan politics, and active contributors to the war effort. But even as their political and civic identities expanded, they were expected to subordinate themselves to male-dominated government and military bureaucracies." The Civil War required many women to act with greater independence in running their households and in expressing their political views. It brought women more firmly into the civic sphere and ultimately gave them new public roles, which would prove crucial starting points for the late-nineteenth-century feminist struggle for social and political equality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016774
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : summoned to war, charged to patriotism1
1Loyalties in conflict14
2The economic battlefront41
3Domesticity under siege87
4From patriots to partisans, and back again123
5Aiding the cause, serving the state162
6Saving the sick, healing the nation194
7Wartime emancipation222
8American women and the enduring power of the state247
Epilogue : an ambiguous legacy277

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