Life in Civil War America

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F+W Media, Inc., Feb 27, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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The Civil War is a fascinating time period in American history. Life in Civil War America, 2nd Edition provides readers with fast facts and statistics about the 1860s from military life to civilian life in both the North and South.

Topics covered include:

  • social and economic realities of daily life
  • common slang and idioms
  • diets of the era, including recipes, food preparation and the impact of shortages and inflation on rations
  • civilian dress, military dress, and technology of the time.
The book focuses on the era, not just the events of the war. Period illustrations and photos further illuminate the era.

  

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The only reason this book is not rated a five, is because of its length. It is simply too short! An excellent reference work that provides a stunning amount of detail on precisely what its title ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
8
Preface
10
Introduction
12
North and South One Nation Two Peoples
18
Where People Lived Life in City Town and Country
44
Education From Schoolhouses to Universities
60
Slang and Idiom How People and Events Shaped Language
78
Religion What People Believed
92
Food and Diet How People Ate at Home and On the War Front
158
Technology Inventions That Changed Life and Warfare
172
The War on the Homefront The Draft and Civil Unrest
192
Brothers at War Billy Yank Johnny Reb
208
Arms Equipment and Uniforms Supplying the Servicemen
228
Civil War Photography
254
Civil War Timeline
265
Bibiliography and Recommended Books
282

Fun and Games How People Entertained Themselves
106
Wages and Currency Coins Greenbacks and Postal Currency
126
Clothing and Dry Goods What Items Cost and the Impact of Shortages
138
Resources
290
Songs and Poetry
301
Index
306

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Michael J. Varhola is an author, editor, and lecturer who specializes in non-fiction and travel-related subjects. His books include Everyday Life During the Civil War (Writer's Digest Books, 1999) and Fire and Ice: The Korean War, 1950?1953 (Savas Publishing, 2000). He is the founder and publisher of game development company Skirmisher Publishing LLC. Varhola studied in Denver and Paris before earning a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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