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Divided Houses : Gender and the Civil War

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Divided Houses is the first book to show how the Civil War transformed gender roles and attitudes toward sexuality among Americans. This unique volume brings together a wide spectrum of critical viewpoints by newly emerging scholars as well as distinguished authors in the field to show how gender became a prism through which the political tensions of antebellum America were filtered and focused. Through the course of the book, many fascinating subjects are explored, from new "manly" responsibilities both black and white men had thrust upon them as soldiers, to women's roles in the guerrilla fighting, to the wartime dialogue on interracial sex. In addition, an incisive introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson helps place these various subjects within an overall historical context. Divided House sheds new light on the entire Civil War experience, demonstrating how themes of gender, class, race, and sexuality interacted to forge the beginnings of a new society.show more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 153.9 x 222.5 x 27.4mm | 418.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, tables
  • 0195080343
  • 9780195080346
  • 1,644,622

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"Excellent--exactly what I was looking for."--Gretchen Green, Rockhurst College"Offers a broader, more diverse view of the Civil War than previous volumes."--The Journal of Mississippi History"Excellent collection--more of the same needs to be published!"--Mort Stewart, Western Washington University"The essays make us think, provoke us to question. In a class of neo-Confederate Virginians, what better book to use! I love it."--John Herbert Roper, Emory and Hery College"Excellent"--K.M.Startup, Williams Baptist College"An excellent example of social history and its many possibilities. A major void in Civil War history has now been admirably filled."--William R. Wantland, Northwest Nazarene College"[A] Highly original and pathbreaking collection of essays....the essays are especially valuable because they treat the experiences of ordinary people--black and white, male and female--in both North and South....The editors' introduction and epilog and an extensive bibliography make this an especially useful source for scholars and teachers."--Library Journal"Finally the study of gender is out of the Civil War closet. Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber have collected the latest and best historical essays of the emerging scholarship on the social history of the Civil War. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War ranges from issues of masculinity and femininity to the effect of war on African-American children. This is a thoroughly useful, entirely readable, historically notable volume stitched together by the perceptive commentary of the author-editors."--Jean H. Baker, Goucher College"Wonderful to have information both men and women, black and white, north and south, masculinity and feminity, individuals and households--all in one place."--Marilyn Dell, Virginia Wesleyan College"Divided Houses should be required reading for all interested in how gender influences historical events, not just for students of the Civil War....[it] proves that exhaustively-mined evidence can still yield new insights when carefully considered."--Wanda Ellen Wakefield, Southern Historian "Excellent--exactly what I was looking for."--Gretchen Green, Rockhurst College "Offers a broader, more diverse view of the Civil War than previous volumes."--The Journal of Mississippi History "Excellent collection--more of the same needs to be published!"--Mort Stewart, Western Washington University "The essays make us think, provoke us to question. In a class of neo-Confederate Virginians, what better book to use! I love it."--John Herbert Roper, Emory and Hery College "Excellent"--K.M.Startup, Williams Baptist College "An excellent example of social history and its many possibilities. A major void in Civil War history has now been admirably filled."--William R. Wantland, Northwest Nazarene College "[A] Highly original and pathbreaking collection of essays....the essays are especially valuable because they treat the experiences of ordinary people--black and white, male and female--in both North and South....The editors' introduction and epilog and an extensive bibliography make this an especially useful source for scholars and teachers."--Library Journal "Finally the study of gender is out of the Civil War closet. Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber have collected the latest and best historical essays of the emerging scholarship on the social history of the Civil War. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War ranges from issues of masculinity and femininity to the effect of war on African-American children. This is a thoroughly useful, entirely readable, historically notable volume stitched together by the perceptive commentary of the author-editors."--Jean H. Baker, Goucher College "Wonderful to have information both men and women, black and white, north and south, masculinity and feminity, individuals and households--all in one place."--Marilyn Dell, Virginia Wesleyan College "Divided Houses should be required reading for all interested in how gender influences historical events, not just for students of the Civil War....[it] proves that exhaustively-mined evidence can still yield new insights when carefully considered."--Wanda Ellen Wakefield, Southern Historian "Excellent--exactly what I was looking for."--Gretchen Green, Rockhurst College "Offers a broader, more diverse view of the Civil War than previous volumes."--The Journal of Mississippi History "Excellent collection--more of the same needs to be published!"--Mort Stewart, Western Washington University "The essays make us think, provoke us to question. In a class of neo-Confederate Virginians, what better book to use! I love it."--John Herbert Roper, Emory and Hery College "Excellent"--K.M.Startup, Williams Baptist College "An excellent example of social history and its many possibilities. A major void in Civil War history has now been admirably filled."--William R. Wantland, Northwest Nazarene College "[A] Highly original and pathbreaking collection of essays....the essays are especially valuable because they treat the experiences of ordinary people--black and white, male and female--in both North and South....The editors' introduction and epilog and an extensive bibliography make this an especially useful source for scholars and teachers."--Library Journal "Finally the study of gender is out of the Civil War closet. Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber have collected the latest and best historical essays of the emerging scholarship on the social history of the Civil War. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War ranges from issues of masculinity and femininity to the effect of war on African-American children. This is a thoroughly useful, entirely readable, historically notable volume stitched together by the perceptive commentary of the author-editors."--Jean H. Baker, GoucherCollege "Wonderful to have information both men and women, black and white, north and south, masculinity and feminity, individuals and households--all in one place."--Marilyn Dell, Virginia Wesleyan College "Divided Houses should be required reading for all interested in how gender influences historical events, not just for students of the Civil War....[it] proves that exhaustively-mined evidence can still yield new insights when carefully considered."--Wanda Ellen Wakefield, Southern Historian "Excellent--exactly what I was looking for."--Gretchen Green, Rockhurst College"Offers a broader, more diverse view of the Civil War than previous volumes."--The Journal of Mississippi History"Excellent collection--more of the same needs to be published!"--Mort Stewart, Western Washington University"The essays make us think, provoke us to question. In a class of neo-Confederate Virginians, what better book to use! I love it."--John Herbert Roper, Emory and Hery College"Excellent"--K.M.Startup, Williams Baptist College"An excellent example of social history and its many possibilities. A major void in Civil War history has now been admirably filled."--William R. Wantland, Northwest Nazarene College"[A] Highly original and pathbreaking collection of essays....the essays are especially valuable because they treat the experiences of ordinary people--black and white, male and female--in both North and South....The editors' introduction and epilog and an extensive bibliography make this anespecially useful source for scholars and teachers."--Library Journal"Finally the study of gender is out of the Civil War closet. Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber have collected the latest and best historical essays of the emerging scholarship on the social history of the Civil War. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War ranges from issues of masculinity andfemininity to the effect of war on African-American children. This is a thoroughly useful, entirely readable, historically notable volume stitched together by the perceptive commentary of the author-editors."--Jean H. Baker, Goucher College"Wonderful to have information both men and women, black and white, north and south, masculinity and feminity, individuals and households--all in one place."--Marilyn Dell, Virginia Wesleyan College"Divided Houses should be required reading for all interested in how gender influences historical events, not just for students of the Civil War....[it] proves that exhaustively-mined evidence can still yield new insights when carefully considered."--Wanda Ellen Wakefield, Southern Historianshow more

About Catherine Clinton

Catherine Clinton is Visiting Professor of African-American Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South, The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century, and Portraits of American Women (with G.B. Barker-Benfeld).Nina Silber is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University and is the author of the forthcoming The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900.show more

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