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Author Costa, Dora L.

Title Heroes & cowards : the social face of war / Dora L. Costa & Matthew E. Kahn
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 315 pages) : illustrations
Series NBER series on long-term factors in economic development
NBER series on long-term factors in economic development.
Contents 1. Loyalty and Sacrifice -- 2. Why the U.S. Civil War? -- 3. Building the Armies -- 4. Heroes and Cowards -- 5. POW Camp Survivors -- 6. The Homecoming of Heroes and Cowards -- 7. Slaves Become Freemen -- 8. Learning from the Past -- Appendix. Records and Collection Methods
Summary Heroes and Cowards demonstrates the role that social capital plays in people's decisions. The makeup of various companies--whether soldiers were of the same ethnicity, age, and occupation--influenced whether soldiers remained loyal or whether they deserted. Costa and Kahn discuss how the soldiers benefited from friendships, what social factors allowed some to survive the POW camps while others died, and how punishments meted out for breaking codes of conduct affected men after the war. The book also examines the experience of African-American soldiers and makes important observations about how their comrades shaped their lives. --from publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-290) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
African American soldiers -- Biography.
Community life -- United States -- Case studies.
Cultural pluralism -- United States -- Case studies.
Social networks -- United States -- Case studies.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865.
Genre/Form Biography.
Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Kahn, Matthew E., 1966-
ISBN 0691137048 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1400829755 (electronic bk.)
9780691137049 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9781400829750 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Heroes and cowards