People at War Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War, 1854-1877

ISBN-10: 0195146557
ISBN-13: 9780195146554
Edition: 2007
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

A People at War refutes the popular belief that during the American Civil War the citizenry bent to the will of the nation's great military and political leaders. Capturing how the war rocked the lives of all segments of society, it argues that conflicts off the battlefield splintered societyin the North and South, creating widespread chaos, guerrilla warfare, urban riots, and unprecedented public outcry which drove the actions of the leaders who now define the era: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. The book also brings to life the full humanity of the war's participants--from women behind their plows to their husbands in army camps; from refugees from slavery to their former masters; from Mayflower descendants to freshly recruited Irish sailors. It describes how people confronted their ownfeelings about the war itself, and how they coped with emotional challenges (uncertainty, exhaustion, fear, guilt, betrayal, grief) as well as physical ones (displacement, poverty, illness, disfigurement). In addition, the authors examine how the West--and the dreams the Easterners attached toit--played a crucial role in a supposedly North-South conflict. A People at War stresses the war years, but also casts an eye at the tumultuous decades that preceded and followed. It is an ideal resource for American History courses focusing on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Carol Sheriff received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has taught at the College of William and Mary since 1993, where she has won the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the Alumni Teaching Fellowship Award, and the University Professorship for Teaching Excellence. Carol teaches the U.S. history survey as well as classes on the Early Republic, the Civil War Era, and the American West. Her publications include THE ARTIFICIAL RIVER: THE ERIE CANAL AND THE PARADOX OF PROGRESS (1996), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Award from the New York State Historical Association and the Award for Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives, and A PEOPLE AT WAR: CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS IN AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR, 1854-1877 (with Scott Reynolds Nelson, 2007). Carol has written sections of a teaching manual for the New York State history curriculum, given presentations at Teaching American History grant projects, appeared in the History Channel's Modern Marvels show on the Erie Canal, and is engaged in several public history projects marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Introduction: A People at War
From Compromise to Chaos: 1854-1861
The Road to Bleeding Kansas
From Wigwam to War
The Changing Faces of War: 1861-1863
Friends and Foes: Early Recruits and Freedom's Cause, 1861-1862
Union Occupation and Guerrilla Warfare
Facing Death
Political, Military, and Diplomatic Remedies: 1862-1865
Two Governments Go to War: Southern Democracy and Northern Republicanism
Redefining the Rules of War: The Lieber Code
Diplomacy in the Shadows: Cannons, Sailors, and Spies
The War Hits Home: 1861-1865
We Need Men: Union Struggles over Manpower and Emancipation, 1863-1865
The Male World of the Camp: Domesticity and Discipline
"Cair, Anxiety, & Tryals": Life in the Wartime Union
War's Miseries: The Confederate Home Front
Rebuilding the Nation: 1865-1877
A Region Reconstructed and Unreconstructed: The Postwar South
A Nation Stitched Together: Westward Expansion and the Peace Treaty of 1877
Acknowledgments
Political Chronology
Military Chronology
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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