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Across the Divide: Union Soldiers View the Northern Home Front Hardcover – April 22, 2013
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"Across the Divide is an important book that paints a powerful picture of important sources of Northern military-civilian disharmony during the Civil War."-Andrew Wagenhoffer ,On Point: The Journal of Army History
"The book is well written and well researched, particularly in manuscript collections...[T]his volume should be welcomed by those interested in the Civil War North.”-Journal of the Civil War Era
"In each chapter Ramold does a nice job of offering concise summaries of crucial contextual material on the home front, before moving on to illustrative comments from soldiers' letters and diaries....The result is an engaging read, full of fine detail..." -J. Matthew Gallman,American Historical Review
“Skillfully written and thoroughly researched, Across the Divide represents a valuable contribution to the growing body of work focused on the social and cultural aspects of the Civil War as experienced by the Northern populace.”-The Annals of Iowa
"In this fascinating book, Steven J. Ramold shows how Union soldiers perceived and judged the wartime behavior of the Northern populace, a process that bred anger, fear, and resentment and deepened the divide separating those in the ranks fighting against the rebels from those at home seemingly rebelling against the fight. A captivating and welcome study of an underappreciated yet significant facet of the Union war effort."-William B. Feis,Buena Vista University
"Disputes the old argument that citizen-soldiers in the Union Army differed little from civilians. He shows how a chasm of mutual distrust grew between soldiers and civilians during four years of fighting that led many Democratic soldiers to abandon the party of their fathers, embrace emancipation as a war aim, and build the groundwork for the postwar Republican Party. Filled with gripping anecdotes, this book makes for fascinating reading."-Scott Reynolds Nelson,Legum Professor of History, College of William & Mary
"Filled with superb research."-S. Gac,Choice
"...deserves credit for drawing attention to interesting questions."-Chandra Manning, The Journal of American History
"Ramold poses an important question and makes a good...start on our appreciation of the differences between Northern civilizations and soldiers."-James Marten,Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Overall, this is an extremely engaging study and a valuable contribution to an important issue."-Barbara A. Gannon, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
About the Author
Steven Ramold, Associate Professor of American History at Eastern Michigan University, is the author of two previous books, Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy and Baring the Iron Hand: Discipline in the Union Army. He and his wife reside in Ypsilanti, Michigan.