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Also includes a thorough appendix of resources, featuring books, websites, historic locations and living history organizations.
Posted May 20, 2001
For educators looking for a core source book to use in conjunction with an integrated Civil War era unit, Everyday Life During the Civil War is a must. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect of the Civil War time period, which could easily be assigned to a group to explore, create a display, and present to the class. Such topic areas include the people of the North and South; currency, clothing, dry goods; life in cities and rural areas; food and diets; fun and games; the different armed services; technology; and arms, equipment and uniforms. Some areas could be subdivided, and in many cases, comparisons could be made between civilian and military conditions. Also, included in each chapter are important terms and definitions, drawings, and sometimes the cost of items. Language Arts teachers will find the chapter on slang and idiom particularly useful. Not only are interesting and unique words and phrases presented, but how the language of the North and the South differed. The influence that immigrant groups had on our usage and vocabulary is also explored. The book concludes with a Civil War time-line, recommended books and internet sites, as well as a short section of Civil War songs and poems. As noted in the Introduction, 'Everyday Life During the Civil War is intended to be a broad-based introduction to the day-to-day conditions, attitudes, and events of the period. For some, this book may be the only tool they need to research the Civil War, or one of just a few.' I couldn't agree more. David B. McCoy, Middle school historyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2000
Contains a wealth of information for reenactors and living history buffs. 'Everyday Life During the Civil War' is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era. It sheds a whole new light on conventional histories and tactical studies of the Civil War by helping the reader understand the perspective of the soldier in the field and his family at home. A great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.