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Civil War America

As war raged on the battlefields of the Civil War, men and women all over the nation continued their daily routines. They celebrated holidays, ran households, wrote letters, read newspapers, joined unions, attended plays, and graduated from high school and college. Civil War America reveals how Americans, both Northern and Southern, lived during the Civil War-the ways they worked, expressed themselves artistically, organized their family lives, treated illness, and worshipped. Written by specialists, the chapters in this book cover the war's impact on the economy, the role of the federal government, labor, welfare and reform efforts, the Indian nations, universities, healthcare and medicine, news coverage, photography, and a host of other topics that flesh out the lives of ordinary Americans who just happened to be living through the biggest conflict in American history. Along with the original material presented in the book chapters, the website accompanying the book is a treasure trove of primary sources, both textual and visual, keyed for each chapter topic. Civil War America and its companion website uncover seismic shifts in the cultural and social landscape of the United States, providing the perfect addition to any course on the Civil War.
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Acknowledgements Foreword by John Stauffer Introduction by Maggi M. Morehouse and Zoe Trodd Part I: Dissent and Disobedience Draft Resistance and Rioting: Shannon Smith Bennett Southern Dissent: David Williams Women Soldiers: Rachel Redfern Part II: Labor and Land The Domestic Sphere: Phyllis Thompson Labor Organizations: Mark A. Lause Commerce and Industry: Daniel Rasmussen The Environment: Megan Kate Nelson Part III: Religion and Reform Religion in the South: Thomas Lawrence Long Religion in the North: James R. Rohrer Reform and Welfare Societies: Lauren Brandt Part IV: Health and Education Higher Education: A.J. Angulo and Kimberly Cook Military Schools: Bradford A. Wineman Military Medicines: Guy R. Hasegawa Civilian Healthcare: James M. Schmidt Part V: Ethnic American Lives Slave Emancipation: Sharon A. Roger Hepburn Black Troops: Maggi M. Morehouse Immigrants: Jennifer A. Stollman Native Americans: W. Craig Gaines Part VI: Literature and Visual Culture Newspapers: Brayton Harris Literature: Vanessa Steinroetter Photography: Mandy A. Reid Painting and Illustration: Jennifer Raab Part VII: Leisure and Performance Music: Jack Hamilton Theater: Laura Ansley and Renee M. Sentilles Baseball: Ryan Swanson Sacred and Secular Holidays: Suanna H. Davis Part VII: Death and Aftermath Death and Dying: Nicole Day Veterans: John Casey Competing Memories: James M. Gillispie About the Editors

About the Author

Maggi M. Morehouse is Associate Professor of Southern History and Director of the Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Zoe Trodd is Professor and Chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham.


"Civil War Americaã offers readers a remarkably insightful and comprehensive collection of essays on the social and cultural history of the home front and the battlefield. Students and professors alike will find the essays accessible and substantive, perfect for sparking classroom discussions of this vital era. Covering a range of diverse topics such as wartime music and theater, education, sports, draft resistance, and African American troops, Civil War Americaã opens myriad avenues for dialogue and understanding." Jonathan D. Wells, author of A House Divided: The Civil War and Nineteenth Century America (Routledge) "A new collection of twenty-nine short essays edited by Maggi Morehouse and Zoe Trodd falls into new thinking about the war...Especially useful are chapters covering cultural metamorphoses. These help students think beyond military and political institutions and consider the roles played by newspapers, literature, photography, the fine arts, music, and sports in shaping perceptions of the war and the broader, slippery entity called "American" culture." Robert E. Weir, Smith College/University of Massachusetts Amherst

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