Daily Life in Civil War America

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 321 pages
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The United States Civil War touched the lives of every American North and South at that time. This informative book makes extensive use of journals, newspapers, and diaries to bring together the experience of the soldier, civilian, and slave in one volume. The experiences of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb are contrasted with activities on the homefront to bring this turbulent era alive for students, teachers and Civil War buffs.

This engaging history also provides interesting details such as: what the slaves' and the freed black men and women's lives were like; how the soldiers obtained their food; how recipes were changed to accommodate food shortages; the popular books and magazines of the time; and how clothing and fashion were affected by the war. The ideas and ideals which brought about the crisis are discussed and period writings are included to provide great insight into the mindset of the time. This volume is enhanced by period photographs, lithographs and original art work, much of which has never before appeared in print.

 

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Review: Daily Life in Civil War America (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

User Review  - Gus Victoria - Goodreads

This book was pure torture to get through. It was as if a fifth-grader decided to write a book about the Civil War. The scholarship was of the worst order, often citing a single source in a chapter ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The minutiae about the average life that created the soldiers, north and south. It was a basic and necessary book for the re-enactor. We ain't all Miss Scarlet. Read full review

Contents

The Historians War
3
Sowing the Seeds
6
A Divided Economy
8
Modernizations
9
Politics as Usual
12
Politics The National Hobby
15
The Election of 1860
19
Secession
22
Raiders
154
Railroads
155
Roads
158
Military Organization
160
Armies
162
Corps and Divisions
163
Tactics
165
Moral Awakening
169

The Southern Radical Press
24
The Act of Disunion
25
The American Zion
31
Growing Government
33
Urbanization
35
Religion
38
Reform movements
40
On Behalf of Southern Independence
49
Reestablishing the American Revolution
53
Blockade Runners
57
The Bread Riots
58
The Peculiar Institution Slavery
61
Plantation Slavery
65
Slave Clothing
68
Slave Food
69
Slave Entertainment
70
Draft Riots
72
Black churches
73
The Slave Family
74
Miscegenation Miscegenation sexual activity The desire of white men to have sexual contact with black females was seemingly so common in the So...
75
Abolition
81
Abolitionists
85
Black Antislavery Activists
88
Slaveowners
89
Slavery and the Courts
91
The Lemmon Case
92
The Dred Scott Decision
93
Soldiers Lives
95
Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
97
Boys in War
106
Partisan Warfare
108
Prisoners of War
111
Hardtack and Coffee
115
Army Food
116
The Commissary
117
Foodstuffs
118
Tenting Tonight The Soldiers Life
133
Equipment
139
Uniforms
144
Camp Life and Recreation
145
Tactics and Strategy
149
Geography
151
Women at War
170
Seeing the Elephant The Realities of Life in Battle
173
Civilians Lives
189
Be It Ever So Humble
191
The Parlor
193
The Library
199
The Dining Room
200
The Bedroom
201
The Necessary
202
Leisure Time
203
Newspapers
211
Availability of Reading Material
214
Women Writers
215
Photography
216
Optical Novelties
218
Cultural Institutions
219
Games
220
Ladies Crafts
221
Feast or Famine Food and Cooking
225
Modern Advancement
226
Food Attitudes
228
Food Prices
229
The Wars Effect
230
Supplementing the Troops
235
The Look Fashion and Womens Clothing
237
Womens Clothing
238
Undergarments
245
Outerware
247
Headgear
248
Ancilary Clothing
249
Footware
250
Jewelry
251
Hairstyles
252
Dressed for the Part Mens Childrens and Slaves Clothing
257
Childrens Clothing
262
Slaves Clothing
267
Elevating and Expanding the Young Mind
271
Till the Mournful Night Is Gone Death and Dying
283
Bibliography
301
Index
309
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DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. /e She has been an active living history reenactor for twenty years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects.

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. /e He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performance.

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