Civil War Humor
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
It is probably safe to say that more books have been published about the Civil War than any other subject in American history. So I was surprised a few years ago while looking over the bounty of books on all kinds of arcane topics at a bookstore in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that I saw nothing on humor of the Civil War. ...
There are two stages to writing a book; the second is writing itself, and it is not much fun, and (maybe “because”) it has to be solitary. By far the most enjoyable stage is doing the research, gathering up what the words will be about, and for this book that meant finding and reading as many examples of humor published ...
Introduction: Civil War Humor, a Paper War
The war from 1861 to 1865 coincided and had much to do with furthering the modernization of an inexpensive print mass medium, a phenomenon of popular culture that would not be equaled for a century, when another war would do the same for the video medium. In each case, the medium responded to the interest ...
Chapter One: HUMOR AND THE CIVIL WAR PRESIDENTS
The most fundamental purpose of humor in any war is to define the enemy, to put him in his comic, satiric place and thus make him and the cause he stands for laughable. With this war, that had to be done rather quickly because despite a long history of differences, real and even more strongly felt, the fall of Fort Sumter ...
Chapter Two: HUMOR ON THE HOME FRONT
The effects of war on the home front North and South were vastly different. When the war began, the Union had superior industry, transportation, and communications; and as the war continued, those differences became magnified for the Confederacy, the consequence of many interrelated factors: the Union blockade, ...
Chapter Three: CIVIL WAR, WAR HUMOR
“War is at best barbarism. Its glory is all moonshine,” retired Union General William Tecumseh Sherman told the graduating class at the Michigan Military Academy in 1879, and he concluded with what has become the most famous judgment of armed conflict: “War is hell.” So very succinct, and a truth invoked since by both ...
Chapter Four: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IN CIVIL WAR HUMOR
Before the Civil War, in both the North and South, blackface minstrelsy—and not only theater performances but also the playbills, songsters, sheet music, and broadsides that they generated—had fixed in the popular imagination the conventions for how the African American (almost exclusively male) would be delineated ...
Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 671655054
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