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Children for the Union: The War Spirit on the Northern Home Front (American Childhoods Series) Hardcover – February 23, 2004


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This volume in Dee's American Childhoods series usefully surveys what it was like to be a child in the North during the Civil War. Trends toward work outside the home accelerated, along with opportunities for children to earn thereby, even by frequently substituting for men gone to war. Girls also took the places of absent fathers and brothers. Both genders were exposed to political activism by the likes of Lincoln's Wideawakes in 1860, and to media coverage, the mustering and departure of Union regiments, and large-scale traumas, of which Lincoln's assassination and funeral seems to have been the most memorable. Toys and games were sucked into war culture--witness a war version of "The House That Jack Built"--in ways now familiar but which were novel then. Many boys in their mid-teens enlisted, even more younger ones served as drummer boys, and those who never returned or were physically and mentally impaired left their marks on their families. Fluent, jargon-free social history. Roland Green
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This work would be a welcome addition for any academic library. (Library Journal)

This volume usefully surveys what it was like to be a child in the North during the Civil War. . . . Fluent, jargon-free social history. (Booklist)

In this splendid book, James Marten captures the passion and poetry of the children's Civil War. (James M. McPherson)

In this detailed look at children and childhood during the Civil War era, James Marten connects compelling personal stories to the larger social, economic, and political events of the time. . . . The result is a volume that skillfully demonstrates the ways in which the war influenced and shaped a generation of children. (Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of Children of the Western Plains)

Details the impact of the Civil War on the lives of Northern white children. Provides a welcome glimpse into the lives of Northern middle-class children of the Civil War era. (Heather Cox Richardson Chicago Tribune)

Marten's facts have a welcome human face, since he relies heavily on the memoirs of those who experienced the war first-hand. (Foreword Reviews)

Effectively integrates the history of the battlefield and the home front in an engaging and well-written social history. (Civil War Book Review)

The author's numerous quotations from letters by children to and from their relatives are especially revealing. (Dallas Morning News)

General readers will very much enjoy this book. . . . Recommended. (CHOICE)

The war spirit on the Northern home front during the Civil War is deftly recounted sparing no details. (The Bookwatch)

Gives important insights into how children are affected by war and indoctrinated in wartime values. (Sandra D. Harmon Journal Of Illinois History)

Marten richly demonstrates the vitality of the history of childhood as a research field. (Gail S. Murray The Journal of Southern History)

James Marten shows that the Civil War took its toll on everyone it touched. (Brian S. Collier H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online)

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