The Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon: Growing up in New Orleans, 1861-1862

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Written by a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl living in the South's largest metropolis during the early years of the Civil War, this previously unpublished diary is an invaluable historical and cultural document. It enhances our knowledge of early southern Jewish religious and social life; the cosmopolitan milieu of New Orleans; Confederate army activities and the Union occupation of the city; and, especially, the struggle by an urban civilian population to maintain daily life in the face of grim news from ...
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Written by a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl living in the South's largest metropolis during the early years of the Civil War, this previously unpublished diary is an invaluable historical and cultural document. It enhances our knowledge of early southern Jewish religious and social life; the cosmopolitan milieu of New Orleans; Confederate army activities and the Union occupation of the city; and, especially, the struggle by an urban civilian population to maintain daily life in the face of grim news from battlefields, the devaluation of Confederate currency, food shortages, closing schools, and the loss of family members.
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Written by a 16-year-old Jewish girl in the South's largest metropolis during the early years of the Civil War, the diary (which Clara named Philomen) details the struggles of an urban population to maintain daily life in the face of grim news from battlefields, the devaluation of Confederate currency, food shortages, closing schools, and the loss of family members. Clara's entries tell of early Southern Jewish religious and social life, the cosmopolitan milieu of New Orleans, and the activities of the Confederate army and Union occupation of the city. An afterword traces the fate of Clara and her family after 1862. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807119686
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Series: Library of Southern Civilization
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.61 (d)

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