The Divided Family in Civil War America

By: Taylor, Amy Murrell

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Hardcover with dust jacket, grey cloth with silver spine titles, 16 by 24.2 cm, xiv 319 pp. Near fine, unread copy with only faint signs of shelf wear; the jacket is very good with light edge wear. From the publisher: “The Civil War has long been described as a war pitting ‘brother against brother.’ The divided family is an enduring metaphor for the divided nation, but it also accurately reflects the reality of America's bloodiest war. Connecting the metaphor to the real experiences of families whose households were split by conflicting opinions about the war, Amy Murrell Taylor provides a social and cultural history of the divided family in Civil War America. In hundreds of border state households, brothers--and sisters--really did fight one another, while fathers and sons argued over secession and husbands and wives struggled with opposing national loyalties. Even enslaved men and women found themselves divided over how to respond to the war. Taylor studies letters, diaries, newspapers, and government documents to understand how families coped with the unprecedented intrusion of war into their private lives. Family divisions inflamed the national crisis while simultaneously embodying it on a small scale--something noticed by writers of popular fiction and political rhetoric, who drew explicit connections between the ordeal of divided families and that of the nation. Weaving together an analysis of this popular imagery with the experiences of real families, Taylor demonstrates how the effects of the Civil War went far beyond the battlefield to penetrate many facets of everyday life.”

Title: The Divided Family in Civil War America

Author Name: Taylor, Amy Murrell

Categories: Civil War,

Edition: first edition

Publisher: Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press: 2005

ISBN Number: 0807829692

ISBN Number 13: 9780807829691

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: near fine

Jacket Condition: very good

Seller ID: 3634