Daughters of the Union Northern Women Fight the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0674016777

ISBN-13: 9780674016774

Edition: 2005

Authors: Nina Silber
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Description: Daughters of the Union casts a spotlight on some of the most overlooked and least understood participants in the American Civil War: the women of the North. Unlike their Confederate counterparts, who were often caught in the midst of the conflict, most Northern women remained far from the dangers of battle. Nonetheless, they enlisted in the Union cause on their home ground, and the experience transformed their lives. Nina Silber traces the emergence of a new sense of self and citizenship among the women left behind by Union soldiers. She offers a complex account, bolstered by women's own words from diaries and letters, of the changes in activity and attitude wrought by the war. Women became wage-earners, participants in partisan politics, and active contributors to the war effort. But even as their political and civic identities expanded, they were expected to subordinate themselves to male-dominated government and military bureaucracies. Silber's arresting tale fills an important gap in women's history. She shows the women of the North--many for the first time--discovering their patriotism as well as their ability to confront new economic and political challenges, even as they encountered the obstacles of wartime rule. The Civil War required many women to act with greater independence in running their households and in expressing their political views. It brought women more firmly into the civic sphere and ultimately gave them new public roles, which would prove crucial starting points for the late-nineteenth-century feminist struggle for social and political equality.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/16/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Nina Silber is professor of history at Boston University. She is author or editor of five other books, including The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (from the University of North Carolina Press).

Prologue: Summoned to War, Charged to Patriotism
Loyalties in Conflict
The Economic Battlefront
Domesticity under Siege
From Patriots to Partisans, and Back Again
Aiding the Cause, Serving the State
Saving the Sick, Healing the Nation
Wartime Emancipation
American Women and the Enduring Power of the State
Epilogue: An Ambiguous Legacy
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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