Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America’s Bloodiest Conflict
Susannah J. Ural
NYU Press, Nov 22, 2010 - History - 252 pages
At its core, the Civil War was a conflict over the meaning of citizenship. Most famously, it became a struggle over whether or not to grant rights to a group that stood outside the pale of civil-society: African Americans. But other groups--namely Jews, Germans, the Irish, and Native Americans--also became part of this struggle to exercise rights stripped from them by legislation, court rulings, and the prejudices that defined the age.