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The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered

Negotiating the Peripheries, 1st Edition

Edited by Laura R. Sandy, Marie S. Molloy


208 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Following the suggestion of the historian Peter Parish, these essays probe "the edges" of slavery and the sectional conflict. The authors seek to recover forgotten stories, exceptional cases and contested identities to reveal the forces that shaped America, in the era of "the Long Civil War," c.1830-1877. Offering an unparalleled scope, from the internal politics of southern households to trans-Atlantic propaganda battles, these essays address the fluidity and negotiability of racial and gendered identities, of criminal and transgressive behaviors, of contingent, shifting loyalties and of the hopes of freedom that found expression in refugee camps, court rooms and literary works.


"All of the papers cover topics more or less neglected, often deliberately, by earlier scholars… This is an excellent read for those interested in American social history, slavery, or the Civil War."

- The NYMAS Review

Table of Contents

Introduction: Negotiating the Peripheries

Laura R. Sandy and Marie S. Molloy

Part I: Negotiating Perceptions of Slavery, Civil War and the Confederacy

1. The Republic on Trial or Slavery Under Fire?: International Perspectives on the Nature of America’s Civil War

Don H. Doyle

2. Britain in the American Civil War: Gender, Humanitarianism and Confederate Recognition (1861-65)

Kristen Brill

3. Whose Hearth and Home?: White Civil War-Era Loyalties in Central Louisiana

David T. Ballantyne

Part II: A Stable Society?: Transgressive Behaviors and Lives on the Peripheries

4. "Negro Thieves" and Abolitionists: Slave Stealing in Kentucky in the Civil War Era

Laura R. Sandy

5. Class, Color and Conflict: Separation and Divorce in Southern White Marriage in the Civil War Era

Marie S. Molloy

6. Fashioning Whiteness: Teaching the Ways That Slavery Defined Race Before and After the Civil War

Catherine Armstrong

Part III: African-American Experiences of Emancipation and Freedom Reconsidered

7. "The Contraband’s Death Is More Miserable Than Her Life": Violence, Visibility, and the Medicalization of Freedom in the American Civil War

Susan-Mary Grant

8. Emancipation in the Dock: The Problems of Freedom in the Reconstruction Courtroom

Erik Mathisen

9. "Let Us Begin Life Anew, and Learn to Live in Earnest!": Free Black Women and the Challenges of Freedom in the Civil War Era

Rebecca J. Fraser

About the Editors

Laura R. Sandy is a lecturer in American history at the University of Liverpool and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery.

Marie S. Molloy is a Lecturer in American History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in American History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century