Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front

Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front

by J. Matthew Gallman


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ISBN-13: 9781469633411
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Civil War America
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J. Matthew Gallman is professor of history at the University of Florida and the author of Receiving Erin's Children: Philadelphia, Liverpool and the Irish Famine Migration, 1845-1855.

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J. Matthew Gallman offers a compelling examination of how struggling northerners defined, debated, and delineated loyal behavior during the four years of the American Civil War. At once entertaining and enlightening, Gallman's lively survey of an impressive range of print literature yields fresh understanding of the evolving roles that patriotic Union civilians aspired to emulate. Accompanying the text are striking images bringing to vivid life the myriad ways of "defining duty" for the anxious population of the United States.—Joan Waugh, author of U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth

Lyde Cullen Sizer

In an intriguing and wonderfully illustrated book, J. Matthew Gallman offers a crucial new take on print culture and citizenship in the North during the Civil War. By looking at print materials in popular media, from political cartoons to short stories, Gallman gives readers surprising insights into the hearts and minds of Northerners by looking at what they wrote and read during this tumultuous era in American history.

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