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Army at Home - (Civil War America (Paperback)) by Judith Giesberg (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 232

Genre: History

Series Title: Civil War America (Paperback)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Author: Judith Giesberg

Language: English

Street Date: August 1, 2012
TCIN: 78571473
UPC: 9780807872635
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-2002

Description

Introducing readers to women whose Civil War experiences have long been ignored, Judith Giesberg examines the lives of working-class women in the North, for whom the home front was a battlefield of its own.

Black and white working-class women managed farms that had been left without a male head of household, worked in munitions factories, made uniforms, and located and cared for injured or dead soldiers. As they became more active in their new roles, they became visible as political actors, writing letters, signing petitions, moving (or refusing to move) from their homes, and confronting civilian and military officials.

At the heart of the book are stories of women who fought the draft in New York and Pennsylvania, protested segregated streetcars in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and demanded a living wage in the needle trades and safer conditions at the Federal arsenals where they labored. Giesberg challenges readers to think about women and children who were caught up in the military conflict but nonetheless refused to become its collateral damage. She offers a dramatic reinterpretation of how America's Civil War reshaped the lived experience of race and gender and brought swift and lasting changes to working-class family life.

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