Household War
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Household War

How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War

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Pages: 316

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 01/15/2020

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5634-1

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 01/15/2020

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5631-0

List Price: $104.95

Household War

How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War

How the household was central to the political and social upheaval of the Civil War

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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.

A useful addition for academic libraries.

—L. M. Hauptman, CHOICE

The inclusion of both northern and southern households further provides insight into the persistence of shared national values and into the complexity of relationships and loyalties created during this conflict. Organized into four sections, the essays survey the various functions of the household as a provider of emotional and material support, a basis for claims to social and political status, and a site of social challenge and control.

—Lynn Kennedy, Journal of Southern History

Joseph M. Beilein Jr.

Stephen Berry

Victoria E. Bynum

Joan Cashin

Angela Esco Elder

Lorien Foote

Andrew K. Frank

Brian Craig Miller

Julie Mujic

Brooks D. Simpson

Margaret Storey

Jonathan W. White

About the Author/Editor

Lisa Tendrich Frank (Editor)
LISA TENDRICH FRANK is a historian, editor, and writer. She is the author of The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman’s March and editor or coeditor of several volumes, including Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown.

LeeAnn Whites (Editor)
LEEANN WHITES is the editor of Ohio Valley History and professor emerita of history at the University of Missouri. She is the author of The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender (Georgia) and Gender Matters: Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Making of the New South and coeditor of Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War and Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence.