Civil War Citizens
Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America’s Bloodiest Conflict
Publication Year: 2010
“In the Union and the Confederacy, in the armed forces and on the home front, the Civil War caused people of different races and ethnicities to interact in new ways. The well‒written, well‒researched essays in this important new book offer a fine‒grained narrative about the experiences of different ethnic groups during the Civil War. The essays also probe, in provocative ways, the intersection between military service and the call by different ethnic groups for fuller inclusion and citizenship. This book is not only a fascinating read, it makes a real contribution to the study of ethnic groups during the Civil War era.”
Published by: NYU Press
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On September 10, 1861, applause shook the walls of Institute Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. The audience cheered its local men, most of them German-born, who had volunteered as soldiers for the Confederacy. Having enjoyed a âstirring and patriotic address in the tongue...
1. Yankee Dutchmen: Germans, the Union, and the Construction of Wartime Identity
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For all the debate about statesâ rights and slavery being the cause of the American Civil War, the actual conflict was fought between military communities, no matter how large or small, no matter what their ethnic complexion. âThis is essentially a Peopleâs contest,â explained Abraham...
2. âWith More Freedom and Independence Than the Yankeesâ: The Germans of Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans during the American Civil War
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Due to an extremely difficult source situation, a monographic discussion of the position of Germans or German Americans in the Confederacy is still the largest and most serious research gap in the field of American studies of the Civil War era.1 ...
3. âYe Sons of Green Erin Assembleâ: Northern Irish American Catholics and the Union War Effort, 1861â1865
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Surrounded by rain-soaked roads and the brisk chill of a Minnesota March, Christopher Byrne struggled to understand the events whirling about him. It was early spring in 1863, a date that marked his tenth year in America and his six-month anniversary with the U.S. Army. ...
4. Irish Rebels, Southern Rebels: The Irish Confederates
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At Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, in late 1877, former congressional candidate Michael Patrick (M. P.) OâConnor was master of ceremonies of an event to raise money for a new monument âto the Irish Volunteers.â The Volunteers had served in the Confederate army...
5. The Jewish Confederates
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In March 1865, Samuel Yates Levy, a captain in the Confederate army and a prisoner of war at Johnsonâs Island, wrote his father, J. C. Levy of Savannah, âI long to breathe the free air of Dixie.â Like the Levy family, Southern Jews were an integral part of the Confederate States of...
6. Native Americans in the Civil War: Three Experiences
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In 1861, when news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter swept the country, Native Americans could have had few illusions about being on the winning side. They had been on the losing side in all the white menâs wars. In the Seven Yearsâ (or French and Indian) War, the...
7. The African American Struggle for Citizenship Rights in the Northern United States during the Civil War
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Between the Revolution and the Civil War, successive generations of Americans debated the meaning of citizenship. The vocabulary drew upon the legacy of the Revolution and similar struggles for national independence and republican government in the Atlantic world during the...
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010