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Household War

How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War

Lisa Tendrich Frank (editor) LeeAnn Whites (editor)
Stephen Berry (Series edited by)
Amy Murrell Taylor (Series edited by)
Jonathan W. White (Contributions by)
Lorien Foote (Contributions by)
Angela Esco Elder (Contributions by)
Victoria E. Bynum

ISBN: 9780820356341

Publication Date: Jan 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Restores the centrality of households to the American Civil War. These essays complicate the standard distinctions between battlefront and homefront, soldier and civilian, and men and women. From this vantage point, they look at the interplay of family and politics, studying the ways in which the war shaped and was shaped by the American household.
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Household War restores the centrality of households to the American Civil War. The essays in the volume complicate the standard distinctions between battlefront and homefront, soldier and civilian, and men and women. From this vantage point, they look at the interplay of family and politics, studying the ways in which the Civil War shaped and was shaped by the American household. They explore how households influenced Confederate and Union military strategy, the motivations of soldiers and civilians, and the occupation of captured cities, as well as the experiences of Native Americans, women, children, freedpeople, injured veterans, and others. The result is a unique and much needed approach to the study of the Civil War.

Household War demonstrates that the Civil War can be understood as a revolutionary moment in the transformation of the household order. The original essays by distinguished historians provide an inclusive examination of how the war flowed from, required, and resulted in the restructuring of the nineteenth-century household. Contributors explore notions of the household before, during, and after the war, unpacking subjects such as home, family, quarrels, domestic service and slavery, manhood, the Klan, prisoners and escaped prisoners, Native Americans, grief, and manhood. The essays further show how households redefined and reordered themselves as a result of the changes stemming from the Civil War.

Pages 312
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2020
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Series UnCivil Wars Ser.
Subject/s American Civil War  
Lisa Tendrich Frank is an award-winning historian, editor, and writer on issues related to American women, the nineteenth century, and the American Civil War. She is the co-editor of Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown (Florida, 2011) and the editor of The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2015) and American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields (ABC-CLIO, 2012).

Leeann Whites is a professor emerita of history at the University of Missouri. She is the author of The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender (Georgia, 2000) and Gender Matters: Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Making of the New South (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and coeditor of Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence (Missouri, 2004).

Stephen Berry is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. His books include House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War; All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South, and Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848–1860 (Georgia).

Angela Esco Elder is the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the antebellum and Civil War era, with an emphasis on gender, emotion, family, and trauma in the American South.

Brian Craig Miller is an associate professor of history at Emporia State University. He is the forthcoming editor of the journal Civil War History and the author of John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory and The American Memory: Americans and Their History to 1877.

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