Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

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Wesleyan University Press, Apr 15, 2011 - History - 328 pages
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Connecticut in the American Civil War offers readers a remarkable window into the state’s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of a nation. The arc of the war is traced through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory. Matthew Warshauer masterfully reveals the varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war; Connecticut’s reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should be raised against the South; the raising of troops; the sacrifice of those who served on the front and at home; and the need for closure after the war. This book is a concise, amazing account of a complex and troubling war. No one interested in this period of American history can afford to miss reading this important contribution to our national and local stories.

The paperback edition includes a reading guide, which is also available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/e-books/materials/warshauer_reading_guide.pdf
 

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Connecticut in the American Civil War, picks up in 1860 with efforts to avert war. One introductory chapter summarizes the early history of race, slavery and politics up to 1860. What makes this book ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Connecticut within the Nation 17761860 Slavery Race and Politics
9
And the War Came 186061
41
A Recognition of Death 1862
71
The Union Crucible 1863
101
Expensive Victory 186465
139
Survivals Memory 18651965
174
Epilogue
219
Notes
225
Further Reading and Research
293
Index
297
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MATTHEW WARSHAUER is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. He is the editor of the scholarly journal Connecticut History and the author of Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship and Andrew Jackson in Context.

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