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A generation at war : the Civil War era in a northern community, Nicole Etcheson

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A generation at war : the Civil War era in a northern community
Title
A generation at war
Title remainder
the Civil War era in a northern community
Statement of responsibility
Nicole Etcheson
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Language
eng
Summary
For all that has been written about the Civil War's impact on the urban northeast and southern home fronts, we have until now lacked a detailed picture of how it affected specific communities in the Union's Midwestern heartland. In this book the author offers a deeply researched micro history of one such community, Putnam County, Indiana, from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction, and shows how its citizens responded to and were affected by the war. Delving into the everyday life of a small town in one of the nineteenth century's bellwether states, this work considers the Civil War within a much broader chronological context than other accounts. It ranges across three decades to show how the issues of the day, particularly race and sectionalism, temporarily displaced economic and temperance concerns, how the racial attitudes of northern whites changed, and how a generation of young men and women coped with the transformative experience of war. The author interrelates a wide range of topics. Through temperance and alcohol she illustrates nativism and class consciousness, while through an account of a murder she probes ethnicity, politics, and gender. She reveals how some women wanted to maintain dependence and how the war gave independence to others, as pensions allowed them to survive without a male provider. And she chronicles the major shift in race relations as the most revolutionary change: blacks had been excluded from Indiana in the 1850s but were invited into Putnam County by 1880. She personalizes all of these issues through human stories, bringing to life people previously ignored by history, whether veterans demanding recognition of their sacrifice, women speaking out against liquor, or Copperheads parading against Republicans. The introduction of race with the North Carolina Exodusters marks a particularly effective lens for seeing how the idealism unleashed by Lincoln's war influenced the North. She also helps us understand how white Southerners tried to reunify the country on the basis of shared white racism. Drawing on personal papers, local newspapers, pension petitions, Exoduster pamphlets, and more, the author demonstrates how microhistory helps give new meaning to larger events. This book opens a new window on the impact of the Civil War on the agrarian North
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Etcheson, Nicole
Dewey number
977.2/49
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F532.P9
LC item number
E73 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Putnam County (Ind.)
  • Indiana
  • United States
  • Putnam County (Ind.)
  • Indiana
  • Race relations
  • Social aspects
  • Indiana
  • Indiana
  • United States
Label
A generation at war : the Civil War era in a northern community, Nicole Etcheson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The murder of Martha Mullinix -- Before the War. A northern party ; Appropriate places ; The excluded race -- The War. The Copperheads ; Their own corner ; Shoulder-strapped negroes -- After the War. Radicals and conservatives ; Pensioners ; Exodusters -- The monument builder
Control code
19344039
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9780700617975
Lccn
2011022638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)714731535
Label
A generation at war : the Civil War era in a northern community, Nicole Etcheson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The murder of Martha Mullinix -- Before the War. A northern party ; Appropriate places ; The excluded race -- The War. The Copperheads ; Their own corner ; Shoulder-strapped negroes -- After the War. Radicals and conservatives ; Pensioners ; Exodusters -- The monument builder
Control code
19344039
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9780700617975
Lccn
2011022638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)714731535

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