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Daily life in Civil War America
Volo, Dorothy Denneen, 1949-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xviii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
History, politics, and slavery -- Soldiers' lives -- Civilians' lives.
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Central Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Clearfield Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library E468.9 .V6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The United States Civil War touched the lives of every American North and South at that time. This informative book makes extensive use of journals, newspapers, and diaries to bring together the experience of the soldier, civilian, and slave in one volume. The experiences of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb are contrasted with activities on the homefront to bring this turbulent era alive for students, teachers and Civil War buffs.

This engaging history also provides interesting details such as: what the slaves' and the freed black men and women's lives were like; how the soldiers obtained their food; how recipes were changed to accommodate food shortages; the popular books and magazines of the time; and how clothing and fashion were affected by the war. The ideas and ideals which brought about the crisis are discussed and period writings are included to provide great insight into the mindset of the time. This volume is enhanced by period photographs, lithographs and original art work, much of which has never before appeared in print.

Author Notes

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for twenty years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects.

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performance.

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Booklist Review

This useful and wide-ranging series for high-schoolers continues with four new volumes. These kinds of books typically focus on specific locations and eras; an interesting aspect of Greenwood's series is that it sometimes takes a more topical approach, as in the Holocaust volume.

Table of Contents

Chronology History, Politics, and Slavery The Historian's War Politics
The National Hobby The American Zion On Behalf of Southern Independence
The Peculiar Institution
Slavery Abolition Soldier's Lives Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Hardtack and Coffee Tenting Tonight:
The Soldier's Life Tactics and Strategy Seeing the Elephant
The Realities of Life in Battle Civilians' Lives Be It Ever So Humble Leisure Time Feast or Famine: Food and Cooking
The Look: Fashion and Women's Clothing Dressed for the Part
Men's, Children's, and Slaves' Clothing Elevating and Expanding the Young Mind Till the Mournful Night is Gone
Death and Dying

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