Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Preface

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pp. vii-xiv

In March 2002 I gave the Steven and Janice Brose Lectures for the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State. The three lectures made a case for the importance of politics in understanding the lives of ...

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Chapter 1: Household Gods: Material Culture, the Home, and the Boundaries of Engagement with Politics

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pp. 1-29

Before the Civil War, the poet Walt Whitman was a beer-swigging Bohemian, but when the war came he finagled himself an easy patronage job in Washington, D.C., and in the abundant spare time ...

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Chapter 2: A New and Profitable Branch of Trade: Beyond the Boundaries of Respectability?

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pp. 30-70

During the heated canvass for the presidency in 1864, a newspaper reporter in New York observed an amusing deception practiced in a nighttime rally for Democratic candidate ...

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Chapter 3: A Secret Fund: The Union League, Patriotism, and the Boundaries of Social Class

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pp. 71-96

The Great Sanitary Fair opened in New York City on April 4, 1864. Its organizers, women mostly, put this gigantic charity bazaar together to raise money for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which ...

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Chapter 4: Minstrelsy, Race, and the Boundaries of American Political Culture

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pp. 97-127

On June 29, 1860, not long after the Republicans nominated Abraham Lincoln for president, the candidate received a letter from a man named Louis Zwisher, a former resident of ...

Notes

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pp. 129-148

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 149-154

Index

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pp. 155-159