Jersey Blue / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gillette, professor of history at Rutgers University, comprehensively challenges the familiar image of New Jersey as a Northern state with Southern sympathies. He describes New Jersey's border-state status as the product of geography rather than politics or economics. Neither New Jersey's extensive prewar trade with the South nor the wartime strength of its Democratic party, he asserts, influenced its loyalty to the Union in the critical decade from 1854 to 1865. Gillette shows how the state's Democratic legislators and administrators made consistent and successful efforts to raise troops and sustain support for the war. Of scholarly interest. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813526942
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Chronology 19
1 Change and Continuity, 1854-1856 25
2 Precarious Balance, 1857-1859 49
3 Contests for the Presidential Nominations of 1860 74
4 Party Paralysis and Unionist Consensus: The Election of 1860 91
5 The Union in Peril: New Jerseyans React to Secession 111
6 The Politics of Patriotism, 1861 131
7 New Jerseyans Go to War 157
8 Partisanship in Wartime, 1862 180
9 The Perils of Power: Democratic Factionalism in Early 1863 206
10 War Crises in 1863 235
11 Preelection Skirmishing in Early 1864 253
12 The Wounds of War: The Presidential Election of 1864 265
13 Northern Triumph and National Tragedy 295
14 The Fruits of Victory: The State Election of 1865 311
Conclusion 327
Statistical Appendix 333
Notes 339
Bibliographical Note 373
Index 375
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    A definitive work.

    Dr. Gillette successfully refutes the popular image of Civil War New Jersey as a nest of Copperheads and demonstrates that, though largely Democratic politically, New Jersey remained steadfast in supporting the Union war effort. Essential reading for students of New Jersey's involvement in the Civil War.

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