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- ISBN: 9780674987975
- ISBN: 0674987977
- Physical Description: xii, 297 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
- Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.
- Copyright: ©2019
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Women's War : Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Felicitous and deeply researched, this book will be a classic. Brevity obscures its importance. An opening summary of (men's) creation of international rules of war that forbade attacks on women and children subordinated them. Worse, it left them defenseless and open to illegal attacks. Further discussion treats Northern and Southern (including black's) women's roles in the Civil War. Women on opposing sides sewed uniforms, collected supplies, and at times spied, and enslaved mothers risked all to escape and rescue their children. Federal officers subjected freed persons to current mores, forcing them to marry and form (previously unlawful) families. Conclusions depict a South whose loss of capital in slaves, with other developments, allowed a new commercial and bourgeois elite and middle class to replace the old Southern agrarian, planter-dominated order. Lacking credit, middling to poor white farmers fell into sharecropping. Freed blacks by 1877 had lost any political power held during Reconstruction and became a permanent underclass. At every turn males dominated females. Fine notes, bibliography, illustrations, and appendixes. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Douglas W Steeples, emeritus, Mercer University