Women in the American Civil War [electronic resource]. Lisa Tendrich Frank.
- ISBN: 9781851096053 (electronic bk)
Most Americans can name famous generals and notable battles from the Civil War. With rare exception, they know neither the women of that war nor their part in it. Yet, as this encyclopedia demonstrates, women played a critical role. The book's 400 A-Z entries focus on specific people, organizations, issues, and battles, and a dozen contextual essays provide detailed information about the social, political, and family issues that shaped women's lives during the Civil War era.Women in the American Civil War satisfies a growing interest in this topic. Readers will learn how the Civil War became a vehicle for expanding the role of women in society. Representing the work of more than 100 scholars, this book treats in depth all aspects of the previously untold story of women in the Civil War.
Electronic reproduction. Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 2010. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 13324 KB).
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Edited by independent scholar Frank and including the work of more than 100 other scholars, this two-volume set seeks--as its introduction states--to illuminate "how women survived, contributed to, undermined and lived through the Civil War." Volume 1 begins with some dozen in-depth contextual essays, each focused on a broad theme (e.g., African American women, female spies, wartime employment). Although these useful entries are included in the index, their placement upfront ensures that they will likely be overlooked by newer scholars simply searching alphabetically. The set then presents, in alphabetical order, 300-plus shorter entries falling into two categories: biographical (e.g., abolitionists Julie Ward Howe and Jane Grey Swisshelm) and thematic (e.g., imprisonment, treasury girls, urban women). The entries are signed and include both See also references and lists of references for further reading. The volumes conclude with a cumulative index that, while solid, would have been of greater benefit to students and researchers if it had also listed these women by role or occupation (e.g., warrior, nurse, spy). Because such organization is lacking, users must know a woman's name in order to locate this type of identifying information. Rounding out the book are a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, a chronology of Civil War events, and original documents, including letters and diaries. BOTTOM LINE Despite the drawbacks cited, this is an excellent addition for placement on the shelf alongside Judith E. Harper's Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2007). Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries. [e-ISBN 978-1-85109-605-3; call ABC-CLIO for e-pricing. Also available electronically through Ebook Library, MyiLibrary, ebrary, and NetLibrary.]--Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's Sch. Lib., NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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Frank's two-volume work emphasizes the role of women in the American Civil War. With its wealth of information and resources, this set will be a welcome addition to any reference collection. Fourteen contextual essays discuss the social and political issues of the era and the varied backgrounds of women affected by the war. Over 300 entries include biographical sketches, key military and political events, and the contributions of women during the war. Written by scholars in history and related fields, the entries list names, dates, and essential facts about each subject while focusing on women's contributions to the war effort. Cross-references and a list of books and articles for further reading follow each entry. Another useful tool is the chronology of events from 1831 to 1894, which offers an overview of women's history. The second volume includes 24 primary source documents consisting largely of journal entries. Entries are well written and accompanied by illustrations and pictures when possible. The set includes an extensive bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and public library collections; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, general readers. T. L. Storey Lamar University--Beaumont
Women in the American Civil War
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The role women played in the Civil War is receiving more serious consideration, as demonstrated by this encyclopedia. Following a chronology from January 1831 to September 1894 are 14 Contextual Essays, beginning with Abolitionists and Northern Reformers and ending with Wartime Literature. Some 300 A-Z entries in alphabetical order make up the bulk of the encyclopedia. The second volume concludes with more than 20 primary sources, including excerpts from Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) and The Life of Clara Barton (1915); a newspaper report of the 1863 bread riots in Richmond, Virginia; and Hannah Austin's recollections of being a slave. A 28-page bibliography precedes the index. The entries vary in length from several paragraphs to several pages. Many of the articles, especially the biographical ones, have black-and-white illustrations or photographs accompanying them. For biographies, the key dates, place of birth, main life events, and historical significance are included. MostÂ articles conclude with see also references to other articles as well as references and further readings. The entries coverÂ battles, such as Antietam and Gettysburg; people, such as Clara Barton,Â Mary Todd Lincoln, and Sojourner Truth; events, such as the evacuation of Atlanta; andÂ topics, such as loyalty oaths. A similar work, Women during the Civil War: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2003), covers much of the same ground. The differences are size (the older work has 128 entries) and the inclusion of more social history in the newerÂ work. TheÂ extras, such as the Contextual Essays andÂ the primary sources, also add value.Â ThisÂ informativeÂ encyclopedia will be usefulÂ for bothÂ research and browsing. Recommended for academicÂ libraries, especially those specializing in women's studies and Civil War history, and for larger public libraries.--Landry, Abbie Copyright 2008 Booklist