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The Home Fronts in the Civil War

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In 1861, many people believed the Civil War would be short and glorious. By the time of the South's defeat in 1865, it had proven long and bloody. While the soldiers in the field won and lost battles, women and men who did not fight carried out vital work to further the war efforts of both North and South. In the North, factories and businesses boomed, making supplies for the soldiers, but provided few benefits for civilians. Life in the South, where many of the battles raged, was hard, with food scarce and ...
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Overview

In 1861, many people believed the Civil War would be short and glorious. By the time of the South's defeat in 1865, it had proven long and bloody. While the soldiers in the field won and lost battles, women and men who did not fight carried out vital work to further the war efforts of both North and South. In the North, factories and businesses boomed, making supplies for the soldiers, but provided few benefits for civilians. Life in the South, where many of the battles raged, was hard, with food scarce and travel difficult. Newspapers and photos brought the war home to everyone.
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While most Civil War histories have been focused upon the deeds and events carried out on the various battlefields of the war, a relative few historians have focused on life on the home fronts. Dale Anderson gives readers a glimpse into how life was changed by the war. Anderson touches lightly upon topics such as political developments, changing roles for women workers, loneliness, and the way in which soldiers and their loved ones communicated. Civilian life during the Civil War is a vast subject and one that can merely be introduced in this compact, illustrated volume, but Anderson does a good job. Throughout the text the author makes liberal use of first person accounts. In addition, Anderson has used a variety of original illustrations and photographs. These visual images amplify the author's narrative and afford readers a vivid understanding of the cost, nature, and sweep of the war. Even though it is part of the broader "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" this volume can be appreciated by itself. Readers will come away from this book with a better understanding of the way in which civilians shaped and were shaped by the American Civil War. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Each of these slim titles effectively explores one broad aspect of the Civil War. Home Fronts examines the lives of civilians and the political challenges facing both North and South, including the issue of slavery. The other titles focus on the major battles and leaders. Though brief, the books include a good amount of detail for beginning researchers. Colored boxes highlight additional facts about specific individuals or events associated with the war. Readers will appreciate the many period photographs and reproductions that enhance the texts. At times, the color battle maps can be confusing, but, for the most part, they aid in readers' understanding of the conflicts. Anderson's narratives flow well with interesting tidbits included, although the conclusion in each title is abrupt. For readers looking for a single-volume overview of the Civil War, try James M. McPherson's excellent Fields of Fury (Atheneum, 2002).-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Life at Home 6
Chapter 2 Life in the South 11
Chapter 3 Life in the North 16
Chapter 4 African Americans in the War 22
Chapter 5 Creating a New Nation 28
Chapter 6 Lincoln in Office 34
Chapter 7 Telling the Story of the War 40
Time Line 44
Glossary 44
Further Resources 46
Index 47
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