Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Well grounded in government documents, census materials, partisan newspapers, and relevant secondary sources, the book challenges traditional interpretations and offers better understanding of the complex reasons people actively resisted the US Civil War., ―Choice

Sandow's study of the Pennsylvania Appalachian region is an excellent example of the new direction in Civil War history. As we move away from broad interpretations of the war and towards more localized studies, we may better understand the interplay that existed, not only between soldiers and the home front, but also between local communities and the larger nation., ―Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

In colorful and engaging prose, Sandow describes several instances of violent draft resistance and federal intervention in the Pennsylvania mountains in 1864.---―Jon White, H-CivWar

. . . [An] intelligent and proper study. . ., ―The Journal of American History

. . . Offers a valuable corrective to previous portraits of wartime dissent and proves once again that community studies, far from being myopic and tangential, can offer substantive interpretations with broad implications., ―American Historical Review

Sandow deftly references a limited historical record, augmenting often-suspect personal letters and diaries with newspapers, official census and court records, as well as a variety of other state and local government documents, to present a balanced, compelling interpretation of why the geographic, economic, social and political conditions that predominated in Pennsylvania's Appalachian region provided 'fertile ground for Civil War opposition.', ―Civil War Times --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Robert M. Sandow is an associate professor of history at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians (Fordham) and has presented numerous articles and conference papers. His recent work addresses issues of political dissent and rural protest on the northern home front.

Robert M. Sandow is an associate professor of history at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians (Fordham University Press, 2009) and has presented numerous articles and conference papers. His recent work addresses issues of political dissent and rural protest on the northern home front.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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