Warriors into Workers: The Civil War and the Formation of the Urban-Industrial Society in a Northern City

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In this portrait of Dubuque, Iowa, Russell Johnson combines personal narratives with social, political, and economic analysis to shed new light on what the War meant for one city and for the rapidly growing north. Johnson examines the experiences of Dubuque's soldiers and their families to answer crucial questions: What impact did the Civil War have on the economic and social life of Dubuque? How did military service affect the social mobility of veterans? And how did army service, as a form of industrial organization, help create a modern workforce? Warriors into Workers makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the formation of American industrial society, and addresses key issues in labor history, military history, political culture, and gender.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823222698
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2003
  • Series: North's Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell L. Johnson teaches at the University of Otago.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Military Service and Industrialization 1
Pt. I Dubuque and Its Soldiers
1 The Key City: Dubuque before the Civil War 21
2 "Volunteer While You May": Mobilization for the War 58
3 Independent Soldiers and Soldier-Sons: The Social Origins of Enlistees 101
Pt. II Military Service and Its Impact
4 "The Boys All Stood to the Work Manfully": The Army as an Industrial Workplace 145
5 Ten Thousand Men in Shebangs: The Army as an Urban Working-Class Environment 192
6 "A Duty of the Hour": The Home Front in Dubuque 238
7 The Civil War Generation: Military Service and Social Mobility 274
Conclusion: Hawkeyes in Blue 316
App. A Data in Dubuque Society and Politics 325
App. B Data on Dubuque's Soldiers 333
Select Bibliography 351
Index 379
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