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The War Was You and Me:
Civilians in the American Civil War
Edited by Joan E. Cashin

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"This excellent collection offers a host of new insights into the impact of the Civil War on civilian life. The essays on subjects ranging from race relations to family life, changes in the role of women, and the war in popular memory, make clear that some of the war's most profound consequences for American history took place away from the battlefield."--Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

"[This is] an outstanding and very original collection of fifteen essays about the Civil War, including the latest and best scholarship on the North, South, and border states, soldiers and civilians, men and women. Readable and thought provoking, this is a book all students of the Civil War should have in their libraries."--Jean H. Baker, author of The Stevensons of Illinois

"Joan Cashin has assembled a stellar cast of historians to probe different aspects of civilian life during and after the Civil War. The happy result is a collection of essays that brims with innovative questions, new information, and fresh insights."--Michael F. Holt, Corcoran Department of History, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, University of Virginia

"This collection's great strength is that it addresses a subject that has been inexplicably understudied: the impact of war on civilians. The contributors are among the leading younger figures in the field, and the essays are grounded in extensive archival research. They show that the Civil War was just as disruptive on the homefront as it was on the battlefield. "--Steven Mintz, University of Houston

"The collection offers an excellent introduction to an enormously complex story, shedding light on how women and men, black and white, North and South were shaped by--and helped shape--the great sectional bloodletting."--Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of History, University of Virginia, author of The Confederate War and Lee and His Army in Confederate History

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