Jersey Blue / Edition 1

Jersey Blue / Edition 1

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by William Gillette
     
 

This political history of New Jersey during the Civil War and the years immediately before and after invites us to rethink New Jersey's role and in particular its relationship to the border states. William Gillette argues that there is little evidence supporting the idea that New Jersey's residents were pro-southern before the war, or even antiwar during it, although… See more details below

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This political history of New Jersey during the Civil War and the years immediately before and after invites us to rethink New Jersey's role and in particular its relationship to the border states. William Gillette argues that there is little evidence supporting the idea that New Jersey's residents were pro-southern before the war, or even antiwar during it, although attitudes toward the abolition of slavery were more ambivalent. The perspectives Gillette offers in Jersey Blue, from the recruiting ground, the battlefield, and the home front, cast new light on New Jersey's wartime activities, state identity, and our understanding of the interrelationships between national, regional, and state developments. Gillette takes a broader view of the politics of the Civil War as he touches on the economy, geography, demography, immigration, nativism, conscription, and law. The result is a pioneering history of New Jersey that deepens our understanding of the Civil War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813526942
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/19/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Chronology19
1Change and Continuity, 1854-185625
2Precarious Balance, 1857-185949
3Contests for the Presidential Nominations of 186074
4Party Paralysis and Unionist Consensus: The Election of 186091
5The Union in Peril: New Jerseyans React to Secession111
6The Politics of Patriotism, 1861131
7New Jerseyans Go to War157
8Partisanship in Wartime, 1862180
9The Perils of Power: Democratic Factionalism in Early 1863206
10War Crises in 1863235
11Preelection Skirmishing in Early 1864253
12The Wounds of War: The Presidential Election of 1864265
13Northern Triumph and National Tragedy295
14The Fruits of Victory: The State Election of 1865311
Conclusion327
Statistical Appendix333
Notes339
Bibliographical Note373
Index375

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