Voices Of Civil War America: Contemporary Accounts Of Daily Life, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313377413
  • ISBN-13: 9780313377419
  • DDC: 973.7
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released November 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Between 1861 and 1865, Americans fought one another with unparalleled ferocity over the future of the United States. Yet, during the same four years, Americans North and South went about the business of their everyday lives as best they could. How did they raise and feed their families, earn money, study, pray, and entertain themselves?

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Voices of an Era.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Civil War America and Reconstruction.
How to Evaluate Primary Documents.
Chronology of Events.
1: Politics.
2: Senator Stephen Douglas's Support of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill (1854).
3: Reaction to Lincoln's First Inaugural Address in the Staunton (Virginia) Spectator (1861).
4: A “Disgrace to the American People”: The Illinois Legislature Denounces the Emancipation Proclamation (1863).
5: A Reaction to the Gettysburg Address in Harper's Weekly (1863).
6: “Election Day … the Most Momentous Since the Days of Washington”: Diary Entries by Union Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Lyman (1864).
7: The 14th Constitutional Amendment and the 15th Constitutional Amendment (1868, 1870).
8: Rutherford B. Hayes's Inaugural Address (1877).
9: Military Life.
10: “To Assist … in the Defense of Our Common Country”: David Pierson to William H. Pierson (April 22, 1861).
11: Hardtack and Coffee, or the Unwritten Story of Army Life (1887).
12: “Valiantly Did the Heroic Descendants of Africa Move Forward …”: Letter from Captain Elias D. Strunke (1863).
13: “I Will Commence Writing You a Letter”: Description of Life in Fredericksburg, Virginia (1863).
14: “The Balls Make a Very Loud Singing Noise When They Pass Near You …”: An Experience of Battle (1861).
15: “Our Dear Boys—Now as Ever—I Commit Them into Thy Hands”: A Confederate Woman Supports the War Effort (1862).
16: “We Now Are in Indian Country …”: Life Near a Reservation (1867-1868).
17: Economics.
18: “The Soil Is All the Best Quality …”: Results of the Homestead Act (1872).
19: The Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad: An Eyewitness Observance (1869).
20: “The Chinese Must Go”: Article in The Illustrated Wasp (1878).
21: “A Farmer's Life”: Article in The Atlantic Monthly (1877).
22: “The Old Chisholm Trail”: A Cowboy Ballad (1870s).
23: “Regulations to Be Observed by All Persons Employed in the Lewiston Mills” (1867).
24: Domestic Life.
25: “This Morning We Have Heard That [Father] Is Safe and I Can Take up My Journal Again”: Diary Entries of Emma LeConte (January–February 1865).
26: “Perhaps a Courtship of Generous Length …”: A Columnists Advice to Couples (1871).
27: A Manual for New Mothers: Domestic Advice from Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1869).
28: “She Bore the Yoke and Wore the Name of Wife”: In Praise of Domesticity (1872).
29: “Our Household Servants”: Article in The Galaxy (September 1872).
30: Material Life.
31: “… The Air of Substantialness”: A Plan for Home Ownership (1866).
32: “Home to Thanksgiving”: A Currier and Ives Lithograph (1867).
33: Improving Mealtime: Recipes from The National Cook Book.
34: Women's Fashion in an Advertising Lithograph (1869).
35: Consumerism Benefits from the “Dailies”: A Newspaper Advertisement for Household Goods (1874).
36: Religion.
37: An Argument for Slave Ownership: Reverend George Armstrong's The Christian Doctrine of Slavery (1857).
38: The Battle between Good and Evil: An African American Spiritual (1872).
39: “… The Heat Was So Intense That It Drove Us Down to the Waters …”: An Account of the Chicago Fire (1873).
40: “We Sang ‘Rock of Ages’ as I Thought I Had Never Heard It Sung Before …”: Frances Willard's Crusade Against Alcohol, from Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman (1889).
41: “Baby Looking out for Me”: From Samuel Irenaeus Prime's Thoughts on the Death of Little Children (1865).
42: “A Buddhist Mission in the United States?”: A Satire Highlighting Divisions Among Christians (1872).
43: Intellectual Life.
44: Funding Agricultural Colleges: The Morrill Act (1862).
45: “A Physician's Story”: Continental Monthly (December 1862).
46: “Knowledge Is Power,” Lesson XXII, McGuffey's New Fourth Eclectic Reader: Instructive Lessons for the Young (1866).
47: Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks by Horatio Alger Jr. (1868).
48: “Harvest of Death”: Photograph by Timothy O'Sullivan (1863).
49: “The Blue and the Gray” by Francis Miles Finch (1867).
50: Recreation and Leisure.
51: “Clubs and Club Life”: The Galaxy (1876).
52: Publicity Photo for P. T. Barnum's American Museum (c. mid-1850s-mid-1860s).
53: “The Baseball Glove Comes to Baseball”: Albert Spalding (1875).
54: “Christmas, 1871”: Manufacturer and Builder (1871).
55: “The Checkered Game of Life”: An Advertisement in The Nursery: A Monthly Magazine for Youngest Readers (1877).
Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in Text.
Glossary of Terms Mentioned in Text.
About the Editors.