Technology and the Civil War

Technology and the Civil War

by Shane Mountjoy
     
 

When war broke out between the North and the South in 1861, the United States was a growing nation. Americans who were living with traditions of the past began to improve their lives with technological advances. During the Civil War, both sides experimented with new methods, machines, and weapons, all of which were dependent on developing technologies. Exploding

Overview

When war broke out between the North and the South in 1861, the United States was a growing nation. Americans who were living with traditions of the past began to improve their lives with technological advances. During the Civil War, both sides experimented with new methods, machines, and weapons, all of which were dependent on developing technologies. Exploding shells, hot-air balloons, anesthesia, land mines, submarines, and the telegraph are just a few of the technologies that Union and Confederate forces used in their struggle to win the war. Technology and the Civil War explains the role of technology in the lives of Americans before, during, and after the conflict.

The Civil War: A Nation Divided offers a unique perspective on the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in America's history. Featuring primary source material, each title in this informative new set details a specific topic of life during the war and its immediate aftermath.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In a chapter each, Technology describes advancements sparked by the Civil War: the creation of new ships and weaponry, the use of the railroad to move troops and supplies, and of the telegraph to speed dispersal of information, and improvements in medicine and photography. The book also outlines how many of the inventions and innovations of the period laid the foundation for America's economic growth in the following decades. After a historical overview, six chapters in Women present information on female roles during the war. For example, fighting assumptions that they were weak and that hospitals were no place for them, women worked as nurses and caregivers and organized aid and relief societies such as the Sanitary Commission. Hundreds disguised themselves as men to fight and others worked as spies and saboteurs. They were forced to oversee and run family farms and plantations or to find employment in factories or government offices. A chapter on African-American women reviews how the war impacted their lives and mentions significant figures such as Harriet Tubman. Sidebars, quotes from primary sources, color and black-and-white illustrations, and historical photographs are scattered throughout these clearly written, well-organized texts.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604130379
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Civil War: A Nation Divided Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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