1st Edition

Civil War America A Social and Cultural History with Primary Sources

Edited By Maggi M. Morehouse, Zoe Trodd Copyright 2013
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    As war raged on the battlefields of the Civil War, men and women all over the nation continued their daily routines. They celebrated holidays, ran households, wrote letters, read newspapers, joined unions, attended plays, and graduated from high school and college. Civil War America reveals how Americans, both Northern and Southern, lived during the Civil War—the ways they worked, expressed themselves artistically, organized their family lives, treated illness, and worshipped.

    Written by specialists, the chapters in this book cover the war’s impact on the economy, the role of the federal government, labor, welfare and reform efforts, the Indian nations, universities, healthcare and medicine, news coverage, photography, and a host of other topics that flesh out the lives of ordinary Americans who just happened to be living through the biggest conflict in American history. Along with the original material presented in the book chapters, the website accompanying the book is a treasure trove of primary sources, both textual and visual, keyed for each chapter topic.

    Civil War America and its companion website uncover seismic shifts in the cultural and social landscape of the United States, providing the perfect addition to any course on the Civil War.


    Foreword by John Stauffer

    Introduction by Maggi M. Morehouse and Zoe Trodd

    Part I: Dissent and Disobedience

    1. Draft Resistance and Rioting: Shannon Smith Bennett
    2. Southern Dissent: David Williams
    3. Women Soldiers: Rachel Redfern
    4. Part II: Labor and Land

    5. The Domestic Sphere: Phyllis Thompson
    6. Labor Organizations: Mark A. Lause
    7. Commerce and Industry: Daniel Rasmussen
    8. The Environment: Megan Kate Nelson
    9. Part III: Religion and Reform

    10. Religion in the South: Thomas Lawrence Long
    11. Religion in the North: James R. Rohrer
    12. Reform and Welfare Societies: Lauren Brandt
    13. Part IV: Health and Education

    14. Higher Education: A.J. Angulo and Kimberly Cook
    15. Military Schools: Bradford A. Wineman
    16. Military Medicines: Guy R. Hasegawa
    17. Civilian Healthcare: James M. Schmidt
    18. Part V: Ethnic American Lives

    19. Slave Emancipation: Sharon A. Roger Hepburn
    20. Black Troops: Maggi M. Morehouse
    21. Immigrants: Jennifer A. Stollman
    22. Native Americans: W. Craig Gaines
    23. Part VI: Literature and Visual Culture

    24. Newspapers: Brayton Harris
    25. Literature: Vanessa Steinroetter
    26. Photography: Mandy A. Reid
    27. Painting and Illustration: Jennifer Raab
    28. Part VII: Leisure and Performance

    29. Music: Jack Hamilton
    30. Theater: Laura Ansley and Renée M. Sentilles
    31. Baseball: Ryan Swanson
    32. Sacred and Secular Holidays: Suanna H. Davis
    33. Part VII: Death and Aftermath

    34. Death and Dying: Nicole Day
    35. Veterans: John Casey
    36. Competing Memories: James M. Gillispie

    About the Editors


    Maggi M. Morehouse is Associate Professor of Southern History and Director of the Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

    Zoe Trodd is Professor and Chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham.

    "Civil War America offers readers a remarkably insightful and comprehensive collection of essays on the social and cultural history of the home front and the battlefield. Students and professors alike will find the essays accessible and substantive, perfect for sparking classroom discussions of this vital era. Covering a range of diverse topics such as wartime music and theater, education, sports, draft resistance, and African American troops, Civil War America opens myriad avenues for dialogue and understanding."

    Jonathan D. Wells, author of A House Divided: The Civil War and Nineteenth Century America (Routledge)

    "A new collection of twenty-nine short essays edited by Maggi Morehouse and Zoe Trodd falls into new thinking about the war...Especially useful are chapters covering cultural metamorphoses. These help students think beyond military and political institutions and consider the roles played by newspapers, literature, photography, the fine arts, music, and sports in shaping perceptions of the war and the broader, slippery entity called “American” culture."

    Robert E. Weir, Smith College/University of Massachusetts Amherst