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Civil War Congress and the creation of modern America : a revolution on the home front / edited by Paul Finkelman and Donald R. Kennon.

Publication:
Athens, Ohio : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by Ohio University Press, [2018]
Series:
Perspectives on the history of Congress, 1801-1877.
Perspectives on the history of Congress, 1801-1877
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
United States. Congress -- History -- 19th century.
United States. Congress.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
Federal government -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Civilians in war -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Social change -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Civilians in war.
Federal government.
Politics and government.
Social aspects.
Social change.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"Most literature on the Civil War focuses on soldiers, battles, and politics. But for every soldier in the United States Army, there were nine civilians at home. The war affected those left on the home front in many ways. Westward expansion and land ownership increased. The draft disrupted families while a shortage of male workers created opportunities for women that were previously unknown. The war also enlarged the national government in ways unimagined before 1861. The Homestead Act, the Land Grant College Act, civil rights legislation, the use of paper currency, and creation of the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes to pay for the war all illustrate how the war fundamentally, and permanently, changed the nation. The essays in this book, drawn from a wide range of historical expertise and approaching the topic from a variety of angles, explore the changes in life at home that led to a revolution in American society and set the stage for the making of modern America. Contributors: Jean H. Baker, Jenny Bourne, Paul Finkelman, Guy Gugliotta, Daniel W. Stowell, Peter Wallenstein, Jennifer L. Weber"-- Provided by publisher.
"Most literature on the Civil War focuses on soldiers, battles, and politics. But for every soldier in the United States Army, there were nine civilians at home. The war affected those left on the home front in many ways. Westward expansion and land ownership increased. The draft disrupted families while a shortage of male workers created opportunities for women that were previously unknown. The war also enlarged the national government in ways unimagined before 1861. The Homestead Act, the Land Grant College Act, civil rights legislation, the use of paper currency, and creation of the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes to pay for the war all illustrate how the war fundamentally, and permanently, changed the nation. The essays in this book, drawn from a wide range of historical expertise and approaching the topic from a variety of angles, explore the changes in life at home that led to a revolution in American society and set the stage for the making of modern America. Contributors: Jean H. Baker, Jenny Bourne, Paul Finkelman, Guy Gugliotta, Daniel W. Stowe, Peter Wallenstein, Jennifer L. Weber"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction : The Congress, the Civil War, and the making of modern America / Paul Finkelman
Conscription and the consolidation of federal power during the Civil War / Jennifer L. Weber
To slip the surly bonds of states' rights and form a more perfect (financial) union : one legacy of the Thirty-Seventh Congress / Jenny Bourne
Abraham Lincoln and "government girls" in wartime Washington / Daniel W. Stowell
The Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862 : seedbed of the American system of public universities / Peter Wallenstein
Military conflict on the Minnesota homefront : Lincoln's humanitarian concerns, political pressures, the Dakota pardons, and the future of U.S. military law / Paul Finkelman
Behind the scenes : Abraham Lincoln's life in the White House / Jean H. Baker
A national icon comes of age / Guy Gugliotta.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Finkelman, Paul, 1949- editor.
Kennon, Donald R., 1948- editor.
ISBN:
9780821423387
082142338X
9780821446454
OCLC:
1031336456
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