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Melting Pot Soldiers: The Union Ethnic Regiments (North's Civil War) Paperback – January 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0823218288 ISBN-10: 0823218287 Edition: 2nd

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William L. Burton is Professor of History at Western Illinois University.
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  • Series: North's Civil War (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 2 edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823218287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823218288
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett R. Schulte on November 30, 2006
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Many people assume that the tale of immigrants to this country are often harassed and discriminated against solely by "Native" Americans until they assimilate, hence the "melting pot" analogy. William L. Burton sets out to debunk such a black and white approach to the immigrant population of the United States during the Civil War period. He does so within a framework of the Union ethnic regiments raised during the war. The author points out that much of the discrimination of certain ethnic groups was by other ethnic groups, rather than by native-born Americans. The story of these ethnic regiments was also largely a story of political and religious scheming, personal advancement, and to further the reputation one's own ethnic group as patriotic and loyal Americans. As the war progressed, many ethnic regiments lost their ethnic identities as conscription and lack of ethnic volunteers caused these regiments to become more and more like any other Union regiment. The experiences of the two main ethnic groups, the Germans an the Irish, are compared and contrasted throughout the book, with other groups such as the Scandinavians, the English, the Scotch, the Italians, the French, and others are handled as well.

Burton believes that the political parties of Civil War America embraced rather than discriminated against ethnics. The Know-Nothings and other anti-foreign and anti-immigrant groups were dying out by the time the Civil War started in 1861. In addition, political parties were happy to have famous foreigners such as the German Carl Schurz and the Irishmen Michael Corcoran and James Mulligan. These men tried to align their countrymen with whatever political party they were affiliated with. The Irish tended to be overwhelmingly Catholic and loyal to the Democratic Party.
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This is a very good and highly readable overview of the various "ethnic" regiments that made up the Union forces during the Civil War. From funny to heartbreaking to admirable, the stunning variety of soldiers that entered the Union armies is fascinating. Some regiments were specifically formed to take in ethinc soldiers of a certain nationality but when few recruits of that group joined they took in all comers. The ethinic makeup of the Union forces was often times as colorfull as their wide variety of uniforms.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raul C. Galvan on February 27, 2012
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Melting Pot . . . intelligent and well researched tome about the involvement of ethnic Americans in the Civil War.
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