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VOYAThe effect of the Civil War on women's lives is explored in this methodical, expert, readable reference source. Examining only the years 1861 through 1865, biographical sketches and thematic essays choose women from regions of the United States, races, social classes, and ethnic groups. It is clear that extensive research into primary source material provides each essay, which range from four hundred to four thousand words, details of daily life as well as the political and social structure of the times. History students, writers, and the casual researcher will benefit from the clear narrative style of the 128 essays that cover many topics including business women, family life, girlhood and adolescence, prostitutes, refugees, and western women, to biographical essays of a wide selection of pivotal figures including Sara Slater, Maria Mitchell, Vinnie Ream, Sarah Parker Redmond, Harriet Jacobs, Fanny Kemble, and Clara Brown. This reviewer was struck by the comprehensive nature of each essay, noting selected readings, cross references to relevant topics, and direct quotations and photographs when applicable. Personally enjoyable were pieces on government girls, Women's Central Association of Relief, draft riots, and contraband women for their informative presentations. Harper accounts for historical perspective and diversity of viewpoint on a particular person or group of women, and she delivers facts, folklore, and contemporary thought with precision and clarity. This tool is essential for Civil War studies in middle schools and high schools. 2004, Routledge, 496p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to Adult.