Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, & Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina
During the Civil War era, black and white North Carolinians were forced to fundamentally reinterpret the morality of suicide, divorce, and debt as these experiences became pressing issues throughout the region and nation. In Moments of Despair, Dav
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