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The Civil War and Reconstruction
Browne, Ray B. (Ray Broadus), 1922-2009.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xix, 215 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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The Civil War and ensuing era of Reconstruction saw a nation torn apart and, then, sewn back together. In this vivid look at the popular culture of the era. This examines the ways Americans coped with the trials and tribulations of this cataclysmic period.

Author Notes

Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A look at the era as defined by popular culture. Browne and Kreiser begin with overview chapters on daily life for the general population, and then examine in detail 10 aspects of culture including advertising, clothing and fashion, food, leisure activities, travel and transportation, and several categories of performing and fine arts. The authors describe both the trends and important people that shaped popular culture and the impact of the war and its aftermath. For example, they relate how baseball became America's pastime when Civil War soldiers, who learned to play while in camps, carried the game home with them at the war's end. Each chapter is well documented. The captioned black-and-white photos and reproductions of period illustrations and advertisements are dark and add little to the text. Most books on this period focus on the battles and political struggles. Browne and Kreiser look at the myriad changes during the Civil War and Reconstruction that were the genesis of our industrial and cultural modern America. This well-written and objective book deserves a place in all libraries.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ray B. Browne
Series Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Timeline of Popular Culture Eventsp. xiii
Part 1 Life and Youth During the Civil War and Reconstructionp. 1
1 Everyday Lifep. 3
2 The World of Youthp. 19
Part 2 Popular Culture During the Civil War and Reconstructionp. 35
3 Advertisingp. 37
4 Architecturep. 53
5 Clothing and Fashionp. 65
6 Foodp. 73
7 Leisure Activitiesp. 89
8 Literaturep. 103
9 Musicp. 119
10 Performing Arts and Entertainmentp. 135
11 Travel and Transportationp. 149
12 Visual Artsp. 163
Comparative Values of Moneyp. 181
Notesp. 183
Suggested Readingp. 201
Indexp. 209