Gender and the Sectional Conflict / Edition 1

Gender and the Sectional Conflict / Edition 1

by Nina Silber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807832448

ISBN-13: 9780807832448

Pub. Date: 01/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In an insightful exploration of gender relations during the Civil War, Nina Silber compares broad ideological constructions of masculinity and femininity among Northerners and Southerners. She argues that attitudes about gender shaped the experiences of the Civil War's participants, including how soldiers and their female kin thought about their "causes" and

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In an insightful exploration of gender relations during the Civil War, Nina Silber compares broad ideological constructions of masculinity and femininity among Northerners and Southerners. She argues that attitudes about gender shaped the experiences of the Civil War's participants, including how soldiers and their female kin thought about their "causes" and obligations in wartime. Despite important similarities, says Silber, differing gender ideologies shaped the way each side viewed, participated in, and remembered the war.

Silber finds that rhetoric on both sides connected soldiers' reasons for fighting to the women left at home. Consequently, although in different ways, women on both sides took up new roles to advance the wartime agenda. At the same time, both Northern and Southern women were accused of waning patriotism as the war dragged on, but their responses to such charges differed. Finally, noting that our postwar memories are often dominated by images of Southern belles, Silber considers why Northern women, despite their heroic contributions to the Union cause, have faded from Civil War memory.

Silber's investigation offers a new understanding of how Unionists and Confederates perceived their reasons for fighting, of the new attitudes and experiences that women—black and white—on both sides took up, and of the very different ways that Northern and Southern women were remembered after the war ended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832448
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Gender and the "Cause" in the U.S. Civil War, Union and Confederate 1

Ch. 2 The Problem of Women's Patriotism, North and South 37

Ch. 3 Union and Confederate Women and the Memory of the Civil War 69

Epilogue 97

Notes 101

Index 115

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