"A well researched, excellently written, and remarkably clever book. It should be required reading for any scholar interested in the Northern home front or the construction of American nationalism.... A delight to read." - Civil War History "The issues raised in Lawson's book - changing and contested definitions of loyalty, patriotism, nationalism - seem as fresh and relevant today as they were during the Civil War years.... An important contribution." - American Historical Review "An original and important study of how a new nation was forged out of American ideologies, cultural practices, and institutions that helped win the Civil War." - David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory "An original, provocative and compelling book [written] with a rare intelligence and much eloquence." - Journal of American History "A landmark work and the best I have seen on nationalism in the North." - Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North "Highly recommended." - Civil War News "A finely-crafted study that adds significantly to our understanding of how the War for the Union changed America's understanding of itself. Deserves a wide audience." - George M. Fredrickson, author of The Inner Civil War"
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"A landmark contribution and the best work I have seen on nationalism in the North in the Civil War."-Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North
"A finely crafted study that adds significantly to our understanding of how the War for the Union changed Americas understanding of itself. . . . Deserves a wide audience."-George M. Fredrickson, author of The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union
"An original and important study."-David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
"Should take its place among the important studies of the wartime North."-J. Matthew Gallman, author of The North Fights the Civil War: The Home Front