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Women's war : fighting and surviving the American Civil War

McCurry, Stephanie (author.).

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Kirtland Community College Library E 628 .M33 2019 30775305552540 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780674987975
  • ISBN: 0674987977
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 297 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Enemy women and the laws of war -- The story of the black soldier's wife -- Reconstructing a life amid the ruins.
Summary, etc.: The Civil War is remembered as a war of brother against brother, with women standing innocently on the sidelines. But battlefield realities soon challenged this simplistic understanding of women's place in war. Stephanie McCurry shows that women were indispensable to the unfolding of the Civil War, as they have been--and continue to be--in all wars. With a trio of dramatic stories, McCurry explores unique facets of women's wartime experiences, each one of which played an important part in redefining the meaning and stakes of the Civil War. Clara Judd, a female spy who was imprisoned by the Union for treason, sparked a heated controversy over the principle of civilian immunity, leading to lasting changes in the international laws of war. The hundreds of thousands of enslaved women who escaped to Union lines during the conflict upended military emancipation policies aimed only at enslaved male soldiers. Union leaders responded by casting fugitive black women as "soldiers' wives," offering them a protection of sorts but placing a lasting obstacle on their path to freedom. In the war's aftermath, the former Confederate Gertrude Thomas wrestled with her loss of status amid economic devastation, social collapse, and the new freedom of her former slaves. War and emancipation touched even her intimate family, revealing the full extent of the break in history Reconstruction represented.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Women
Spies Confederate States of America
Women spies Confederate States of America
Women slaves United States History 19th century
Fugitive slaves United States History 19th century
Civil-military relations United States History 19th century
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) Georgia
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Influence

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Women's War : Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War
Women's War : Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War
by McCurry, Stephanie
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Women's War : Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War


?As Stephanie McCurry points out in this gem of a book, many historians who view the American Civil War as a ???people's war' nevertheless neglect the actions of half the people.? ?James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom ?A stunning portrayal of a tragedy endured and survived by women.? ?David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass The award-winning author of Confederate Reckoning ?a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize?challenges the idea that women are outside of war by revealing their transformative and long-neglected role in the Civil War. We think of war as a man's world, but women have always played active roles in times of violence and been left to pick up the pieces in societies decimated by war. In this groundbreaking reconsideration of the Civil War, the award-winning author of Confederate Reckoning invites us to see America's bloodiest conflict not just as pitting brother against brother but as a woman's war. When the war broke out, Union soldiers assumed Confederate women would be innocent noncombatants. Experience soon challenged this simplistic belief. Through a trio of dramatic stories, Stephanie McCurry reveals the vital and sometimes confounding roles women played on and off the battlefield. We meet Clara Judd, a Confederate spy whose imprisonment for treason sparked heated controversy, defying the principle of civilian immunity and leading to lasting changes in the laws of war. Hundreds of thousands of enslaved women escaped across Union lines, upending emancipation policies that extended only to enslaved men. The Union's response was to classify fugitive black women as ?soldiers' wives,? regardless of whether they were married?offering them some protection but placing new obstacles on their path to freedom. In the war's aftermath, the Confederate grande dame Gertrude Thomas wrestled with her loss of status and of her former slaves. War, emancipation, and economic devastation affected her family intimately, and through her life McCurry helps us see how fundamental the changes of Reconstruction were. Women's War dismantles the long-standing fiction that women are outside of war and shows that they were indispensable actors in the Civil War, as they have been?and continue to be?in all wars.
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