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The War Was You and Me: Civilians in the American Civil War Hardcover – October 6, 2002

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Editorial Reviews


"A fresh and intriguing text."--Library Journal

"These are fresh topics, written in an engaging style by solid historians, and based on primary sources. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Overall, every essay in this volume is an excellent scholarly contribution to our understanding of the Civil War. Additionally, the volume points the way to new scholarship on the Civil War era, both North and South."--Angela Boswell, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

"This is a dense and rich tapestry of Civil War civilian life, one that will enrich reigning narratives in the field. Readable, rigorously researched, with ample and diverse articles, this is a must for Civil War scholars and biffs alike."--Lyde Cullen Sizer, H-Net Reviews

"This collection will be of great interest to scholars for its breadth of coverage as well as for the notable strength of the essays' research,
writing, and interpretation."--Margaret M. Storey, Journal of Southern History

"An exceptional collection of original essays that focus on the connections between the front line and the home front. . . . Taken as a whole, they remind readers that the majority of Americans experienced the war out of uniform. Home-front experiences demand our attention if we are to come to a better understanding of the United States' great drama."--Paul A. Cimbala, Journal of American History

"[This book] not only makes a considerable contribution to the field, but it also suggests new ways of approaching wartime social and cultural history. . . . Every essay is well written, admirably researched, and provides not only vital new insights into the civilian home front but also suggests new interdisciplinary boundaries for historical writing on the Civil War."--Silvana R. Siddall, Civil War History

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"This excellent collection offers a host of new insights into the impact of the Civil War on civilian life. The essays on subjects ranging from race relations to family life, changes in the role of women, and the war in popular memory, make clear that some of the war's most profound consequences for American history took place away from the battlefield."--Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

"[This is] an outstanding and very original collection of fifteen essays about the Civil War, including the latest and best scholarship on the North, South, and border states, soldiers and civilians, men and women. Readable and thought provoking, this is a book all students of the Civil War should have in their libraries."--Jean H. Baker, author of The Stevensons of Illinois

"Joan Cashin has assembled a stellar cast of historians to probe different aspects of civilian life during and after the Civil War. The happy result is a collection of essays that brims with innovative questions, new information, and fresh insights."--Michael F. Holt, Corcoran Department of History, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, University of Virginia

"This collection's great strength is that it addresses a subject that has been inexplicably understudied: the impact of war on civilians. The contributors are among the leading younger figures in the field, and the essays are grounded in extensive archival research. They show that the Civil War was just as disruptive on the homefront as it was on the battlefield. "--Steven Mintz, University of Houston

"The collection offers an excellent introduction to an enormously complex story, shedding light on how women and men, black and white, North and South were shaped by--and helped shape--the great sectional bloodletting."--Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of History, University of Virginia, author of The Confederate War and Lee and His Army in Confederate History


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691091730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691091730
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,390,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was not what I expected. I read this book for a class on the Civil War and everyone seemed surprised by this book. Each chapter was written by a different author, which was fine, but the interests and subjects were all over the map. We expected the book to be about civilians (as the title suggests) but about half of the chapters covered military subjects.

I did enjoy several of the chapters; the last section on the border states was the best in my opinion. It seemed the most cohesive and detailed. Several chapters were biographic in nature, dealing with various personalities of the era. The first chapter on soundscapes raised an interesting topic in regards to how sound or lack of sound can effect people; however I don't think that a lack of bells in the South was a major factor in their losing the war.

In conclusion, if you are interested in some random trivia on the Civil War than this book might interest you. From my course list of 12 books this one ranks towards the bottom. We couldn't find a cohesive thesis or pattern through the book. If you are interested in the border states the last section of the book could be useful.
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