Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia

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Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia is the first A-Z reference work to offer a panoramic presentation of the contributions, achievements, and personal stories of American women during one of the most turbulent eras of the nation's history. Incorporating the most recent scholarship as well as excerpts from diaries, ...

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Overview

For more information, including a full list of entries, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Women During the Civil War website.

Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia is the first A-Z reference work to offer a panoramic presentation of the contributions, achievements, and personal stories of American women during one of the most turbulent eras of the nation's history. Incorporating the most recent scholarship as well as excerpts from diaries, letters, newspapers, and other primary source documents, this Encyclopedia encompasses the wartime experiences of famous and lesser-known women of all ethnic groups and social backgrounds throughout the United States during the Civil War era.

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The 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.
—Nancy Zachary
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American women played central roles in the Civil War, but only in the last 15 years have historians seriously studied their experiences and contributions. This new encyclopedia by Harper, an independent scholar and the author of numerous reference works, including Susan B. Anthony: A Biographical Companion, is the first to focus exclusively on women in this pivotal conflict. Ranging from 400 to 4000 words in length, the 128 alphabetical entries cover the lives and times of first ladies, female soldiers, bread rioters, guerilla fighters, relief workers, prostitutes, women in industry, and more, with representation of all classes, races, and sections. The readable entries include both illustrations and bibliographies, and the volume concludes with an extensive bibliography, index, and glossary. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries, particularly those with an interest in Civil War and women's studies, even where more general works such as David and Jeanne Heidler's five-volume Encyclopedia of the American Civil War are available.-Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 9 Up-An excellent examination of the diverse roles played by women during the Civil War. The 128 entries range in length from 400 to 4000 words, and include biographies of women from all regions of the U.S. Well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott, and Mary Todd Lincoln are represented but so too are African-American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, poet Lucy Larcom, and Emma LeConte, whose Civil War diary is "one of the clearest articulations of the patriotic ideals and emotions of Southern white girls and women who clung to their faith in the future of the Confederacy." As well as biographies, there are superb thematic entries on women living in the West, prostitutes, industrial workers, family life, and invasion and occupation. Discussions of such events as the New York Draft Riot of 1863 or the Battle at Gettysburg explain the role of women or the event's consequences in regard to women's lives. Much of the information came from primary sources, especially diaries, and students are sure to find them fascinating. A few black-and-white photographs are included. Cross-references direct readers to related articles. Each entry is followed by a short list of suggested readings. This encyclopedia is a welcomed addition to reference collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415955744
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith E. Harper is an independent scholar and professional writer specializing in American history. She is the author of Susan B. Anthony: A Biographical Companion and African-Americans During the Revolutionary War. She has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of New England Culture, the Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, Gay and Lesbian Biography and Feminist Writers.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Introduction     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
List of Entries     xv
Entries A to Z     1
Glossary     473
Bibliography     477
Index     503
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