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Civil War America : voices from the home front

Author: James Alan Marten
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a comprehensive introduction to the civilian history of the Civil War. This book describes the home front through the lives of individuals and the histories of events and institutions in the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Alan Marten
ISBN: 9780823227945 0823227944
OCLC Number: 182548546
Notes: "The first edition was published by ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara 2003"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Southern civilians under siege. The last fire-eater : Edmund Ruffin --
Times to try a woman's soul --
A miserable, frightened life : Southern refugees --
"A species of passionate insanity" : women of Vicksburg --
Culture clash : invaders and rebels in the occupied South --
A lukewarm people : home front dissenters in the Confederacy --
"I ain't ashamed of nuthin" : Bill Arp explains the Confederate home front --
pt. II. Northern society at war. George Templeton Strong and the serious job of journalizing --
Reporting the war : Civil War journalism in the North --
Literary nurses : Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman --
Thinking big : love and advice from Civil War fathers --
A record of munificence : supporting the troops --
"The bloody week" : the New York City draft riots --
pt. III. The children's Civil War. Rabid partisans among their playmates --
What a difference a war makes --
A Northern boy and a Southern girl --
Playing soldier : Phip Flaxen and the watermelon war --
Oliver Optic's Civil War : Northern children and the literary war for the Union --
pt. IV. African Americans and the war. Havens and hellholes : challenges and opportunities in the contraband camps --
Testing the boundaries : slave lives in the Confederacy --
Free to learn : educating freedpeople --
pt. V. Aftermaths. "That such a thing could ever happen" : the death of a president --
Out at the soldiers' home : Union veterans --
Children of the battlefield : soldiers' orphans --
Up from slavery : African Americans after the war --
"True soldiers of the Southern cross" : Confederate women and the lost cause --
The devil's Civil War : the stories of Ambrose Bierce.
Responsibility: James Marten.

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