The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction

The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction

by Steven E. Woodworth
     
 

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The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction brings alive this decisive period in American history by taking the reader beyond the realm of generals, presidents, and the other towering figures of history and introducing fourteen individuals who represent the variety of people who made up the great mass of the nation in the middle of the nineteenth

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The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction brings alive this decisive period in American history by taking the reader beyond the realm of generals, presidents, and the other towering figures of history and introducing fourteen individuals who represent the variety of people who made up the great mass of the nation in the middle of the nineteenth century. Readers will meet women like LaSalle Pickett, whose activities not only reveal a good deal about marriage and gender during the period but also offer a fascinating look at the postwar southern propaganda effort on behalf of the 'Lost Cause.' A chronicle of the home front is offered in the piece on journalist, poet, and novelist Lucy Virginia French. The abolition movement, particularly as an outgrowth of religious conviction, is covered in the sketch of Charles Grandison Finney. The chapters on Robert Smalls and Willis Augustus Hodges illustrate the roles played by African Americans during the war and Reconstruction. Francis Nicholls's virulent southernism is counterpointed in the sketch of Charles Henry Foster, whose unionism in a southern state highlights the complexity of choices and motivations of Americans in the Civil War era. Readers will also meet people like Winfield Scott Hancock and Richard S. Ewell, whose experiences illustrate the challenges confronted by mid-ranking military commanders. The naval war, often a neglected aspect of the era, is the focus of the piece on Raphael Semmes and a chapter on common soldier Peter Welsh reflects the important part played by immigrants in this conflict. An excellent resource for courses on this tumultuous era, The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction examines a side of this historical period rarely seen in standard texts.

Editorial Reviews

Educational Book Review
Illuminates the human dimension of the Civil War and sheds light into some previously dimly lit corners.
James M. McPherson
These essays offer important insights on the Civil War and Reconstruction through the experiences of a remarkable variety of individuals, from generals to housewives, whose lives were profoundly affected by the war and its aftermath. Making clear that history is, fundamentally, about people, this book will delight as well as inform the reader.
Herman M. Hattaway
A marvelous and worthwhile compendium. The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction sheds light onto some previously dimly lit corners. I am particularly engrossed and much instructed by the essays on secondary and lower-echelon fighting men, women, potent politicians, and a religious figure of great note and import.
Joan E. Cashin
This engaging collection of essays illuminates the human dimension of the Civil War era. . . . This book is ideal for assignment in undergraduate courses.
Daniel E. Sutherland
This satisfying collage of real people in the crucible of war reminds us that whatever its overarching political and economic imperatives, the greatest 'force' in history wears a human face. Private soldiers and generals, rabid rebels and Southern unionists, politicians and preachers, all appear in this treasury of personal triumphs and tragedies. Their experiences, packed with genuine drama, provide a thoroughly rewarding perspective on turbulent times.
Daniel Sutherland
This satisfying collage of real people in the crucible of war reminds us that whatever its overarching political and economic imperatives, the greatest 'force' in history wears a human face. Private soldiers and generals, rabid rebels and Southern unionists, politicians and preachers, all appear in this treasury of personal triumphs and tragedies. Their experiences, packed with genuine drama, provide a thoroughly rewarding perspective on turbulent times.
Booknews
Brings this period in history to life by taking readers into the lives of 14 individuals participating in and affected by the Civil War. Individuals profiled range from generals to privates, as well as naval captains, slaves, politicians, recent immigrants, and several remarkable women. The editor teaches history at Texas Christian University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842027274
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Human Tradition in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Steven E. Woodworth is professor of history at Texas Christian University, specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction. He has written and edited several Civil War books, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals (1990), Davis and Lee at War (1995), and The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction (2000).

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