Women in the American Civil War, Volume 1

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Lisa Tendrich Frank
ABC-CLIO, 2008 - History - 631 pages
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Except for those named HarrietTubman and Beecher Stowe, to be precise, women are invisible in Civil War history. The traditional treatment focuses on the men who directed and fought the war. This encyclopedia lifts the curtain on the untold stories of women as warriors, spies, fundraisers, and propagandiststhe whole range of war-related activity. Most Americans can name famous generals and notable battles from the Civil War. With rare exception, they know neither the women of that war nor their part in it. Yet, as this encyclopedia demonstrates, women played a critical role. The 400 AZ entries focus on specific people, organizations, issues, and battles, and a dozen contextual essays provide detailed information about the social, political, and family issues that shaped women's lives during the Civil War era. Women in the American Civil War satisfies a growing interest in this topic. Readers will learn how the Civil War became a vehicle for expanding the role of women in society.

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Edited by independent scholar Frank and including the work of more than 100 other scholars, this two-volume set seeks-as its introduction states-to illuminate "how women survived, contributed to ... Read full review


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Lisa Tendrich Frank, PhD, is an independent scholar in Coral Springs, FL. Her published works include numerous articles on Southern women during the American Civil War.

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