Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War: The Iconography of Union and Confederate Covers

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LSU Press, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 132 pages
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During the Civil War, private printers in both the North and South produced a vast array of envelopes featuring iconography designed to promote each side's war effort. Many of these "covers" featured depictions of soldiers, prominent political leaders, Union or Confederate flags, Miss Liberty, Martha Washington, or even runaway slaves---at least fifteen thousand pro-Union and two hundred fifty pro-Confederate designs appeared between 1861 and 1865. In Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War, the first book-length analysis of these covers, Steven R. Boyd explores their imagery to understand what motivated soldiers and civilians to support a war far more protracted and destructive than anyone anticipated in 1861.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 THE CONSTITUTION AND UNION NOW AND FOREVER
12
2 SYMBOLS OF TWO NATIONS OF STATES
33
Presidents Lincoln and Davis
50
4 AFRICAN AMERICAN AND FEMALE REPRESENTATIONS IN THE POPULAR CULTURE OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA
68
5 FROM THE BOYS IN BLUE TO A SOLDIER THE ARMY AND THE VETERAN
87
CONCLUSION
104
Notes
107
Select Bibliography
117
Sources for Images
121
Index
127
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Steven R. Boyd, professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is the author of The Politics of Opposition: Antifederalists and the Acceptance of the Constitution and editor of The Whiskey Rebellion: Past and Present Perspectives and Alternative Constitutions for the United States.

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