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Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival (The Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books) Hardcover – April 4, 2011


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  • Series: The Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1ST edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819571385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819571380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival serves as a model of what a state-level survey of the Civil War can achieve. More than a synthesis, his book attains a potent combination of description and analysis."—Peter C. Luebke, The Civil War Monitor

“A concise, well written overview of the major battles fought both on the ground and in the political arena during the Civil war. …(O)ffers fresh insight in the political motivations for both Connecticut lawmakers and nationally elected officials regarding slavery, emancipation—Christina Beaird, AASL/PLR “Outstanding” University Press Books

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“Warshauer’s account puts political parties and questions about racial policy at the heart of Connecticut’s wartime history. I hope that every state’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one.” (Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Breen on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Yes, slavery was the root cause of the civil war- but this does not mean that the war was a noble crusade on the part of the Union states to abolish slavery, or emancipate slaves in the rebel states, and it certainly does not mean that the Union states were willing to extend political or social equality to free blacks. Warshauer thoroughly examines this conundrum through a Nutmeg lens in "Connecticut in the American Civil War." He provides a succinct and readable overview of the coming of the war and the major military developments- but all events are linked, as one would expect from the title, to goings-on in Connecticut. The bitter- and sometimes violent- political divisions in Connecticut politics- belie the notion of a united home front, even in the quintessentially Yankee state. Even as Connecticut men eagerly enlisted to fight the war, and Connecticut industry provided invaluable material support for the Union war effort, there were deep and fundamental disagreements over the necessity and meaning of the war. These disagreements endured during the post-war period, as Connecticut continued to deny political equality to blacks, and in subsequent decades' commemoration and memorialization of the war.
There are lots of great anecdotes concerning the Constitution State and its denizens during the war, and the heroic exploits of Connecticut military units are aptly described. But the book is no mere collection of trivia- there's plenty here for all serious students of our nation's fiery crucible. I think even my colleagues south of the Mason-Dixon line will find it interesting - especially as it helps dispel the sanctimonious myth of the morally pure Yankee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gun Guy 2013 on May 12, 2011
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This book is an excellent source for learning how different politicians and people felt toward the pro/ and antislavery issue as a whole in regards to employment and "rites" held by the citizens of Connecticut in the mid 1800s. The book also shows how men were able to purchase waivers for military service. A shocking example of America's past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on September 1, 2011
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This is an excellent book and I enjoyed reading how Connecticut and its residents reacted to slavery and the Civil War. It's well researched and written providing the reader with the pros and cons from all sides of the issues. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Civil War and particularly the role Connecticut played.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eitic on February 3, 2012
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As is often said, all politics is local, which is, yet again, demonstrated by this book. Matthew Warshauer presents a detailed look at the evolving politics of Connecticut in supporting the goal of preserving the Union and ultimately embracing the imperatives of emancipation. Connecticut has been called a megatrends state that has always been a harbinger of national thinking and innovation. Certainly that was the case in all aspects of the Civil War. Connecticut was at the forefront of anti-slavery literature, the underground railroad, Free Soil politics, mounting a military response to disunion, militarization of the economy and industry, medical assistance for soldiers and veterans, and the slow recognition of the political, military, and moral imperative of emancipation. Warshauer tells the story from the perspective of Connecticut, its soldiers, its citizens (white, black, and Irish), and its politicians. If you are from Connecticut the book offers a new and surprising perspective of the Civil War and the State's role, as well as, the forgotten philosophical, moral and political conflicts. If you are not from Connecticut, the book equally reveals the evolving view of the North about the appropriate and necessary goals of the war. In that sense, Connecticut was certainly a microcosm of the turmoil that was so effectively controlled and harnessed by Lincoln to not only win the war but set the nation on the proper moral path towards equality for all. That path has proven to be a long and continuing journey, but through sacrifice and leadership Lincoln, and many in Connecticut, provided a true compass for the nation to follow. Warshauer tells that story well.
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