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Women and the Civil War

Women and the Civil War

by Heather Lehr Wagner

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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

Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
Civil War: A Nation Divided Series
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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