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Published: 02 January 2013

296 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823245697

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This Distracted and Anarchical People

New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North

Edited by Andrew L. Slap and Michael Thomas Smith

A Fordham University Press Publication

The North's Civil War (FUP)

While most of the fighting took place in the South, the Civil War profoundly affected the North. As farm boys became soldiers and marched off to battle, social, economic, and political changes transformed northern society. In the generations following the conflict historians tried to understand and explain the North's Civil War experience. Many historical explanations became taken for granted, such as that the Union Army was ideologically Republican, northern Democrats were disloyal, and German Americans were lousy soldiers. Now in this eye-opening collection of eleven stimulating essays, new and important information is unearthed that solidly challenges the old historical arguments.


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