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Author Gallman, J. Matthew (James Matthew)

Title Defining duty in the Civil War : personal choice, popular culture, and the Union home front / J. Matthew Gallman
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Contents Introduction: only bread and the newspaper we must have -- Part I. On fools, hypocrites, and scoundrels -- Striped pants and empty heads: the fools, swells, and jesters of the Civil War -- Don't you think it is time you took off that uniform? Shoulder straps and faux soldiers -- Your diamonds may flash gaily, but there's blood on them: a shoddy aristocracy -- Part II. On duty, cowardice, and citizenship -- Our duty: sacrifice and citizenship -- No man of honor shall shrink from running his chance: Federal conscription and individual obligations -- The woman hides her trembling fear: good wives and selfless volunteers -- Will they fight? Should they fight? African Americans and citizenship in wartime -- Conclusion: We are coming Father Abraham: patriotism and choice
Summary Examining the breadth of Northern popular culture, J. Matthew Gallman offers a dramatic reconsideration of how the Union's civilians understood the meaning of duty and citizenship in wartime. Gallman shows how thousands of authors, artists, and readers together created a new set of rules for navigating life in a nation at war
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American Civil War (1861-1865)
National characteristics, American -- History -- 19th century
Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Patriotism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Political culture -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- United States -- Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
National characteristics, American.
Political culture.
Social aspects.
Social conditions.
Northeastern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects
Northeastern States.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469621002 (ebook)
1469623188 (electronic bk.)
9781469621005 (ebook)
9781469623184 (electronic bk.)