Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children

How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children
Ivan R Dee, Inc (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. September 2010
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 263 Seiten
978-1-56663-632-2 (ISBN)
Even as Topsy-Turvy presents the Civil War as a major turning point in Southern children's lives, it also illuminates the interplay between continuity and change in the history of the American South. Because the war was fought largely on Southern soil, parts of the region became a permanent landscape of war, and children in the Confederacy thus experienced the struggle in an especially profound and personal way. Deeply researched, abundantly illustrated, and engagingly written, the book is a major contribution to Southern history.
  • Englisch
  • Chicago
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  • USA
  • Höhe: 245 mm
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  • Breite: 161 mm
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  • Dicke: 28 mm
  • 538 gr
978-1-56663-632-2 (9781566636322)
1566636329 (1566636329)
Anya Jabour is professor of history and co-director of women's and gender studies at the University of Montana, Missoula. She has also written Marriage in the Early Republic, Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children, and Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South. She lives in Missoula, MT.
Introduction: Confederate Childhoods Chapter 1: Family and Identity: Growing Up in a Slave Society Chapter 2: Taking Sides: Children's Perspectives on Slavery, Secession, and Civil War Chapter 3: Play and Work: Continuity and Change in the Confederate South Chapter 4: Refugees and Runaways: Dislocation and Opportunity in a War Zone Chapter 5: Defeat and Freedom: The Reconstruction of Southern Childhood Chapter 6: Memory and Meaning: Remembering Slavery and the Civil War
University of Montana professor Jabour explores the American Civil War through its effects on children, both black and white, from the time before the war to Reconstruction. Jabour's extensive use of journals, diaries, and records of interviews with adults who lived through the war as children enlivens her text considerably. The recollection of a former slave girl's comment to a passing white boy-'Bottom rail on top now!'-is but one example of the power of Jabour's anecdotes. . . . The unique topic is intriguing, and the use of primary sources admirable. * Publishers Weekly * At the end of Topsy-Turvy the reader might contemplate whether this is a study of the Civil War told through the lens of children, or a study of childhood told through the lens of the events of war? That this question cannot be easily answered reveals the ultimate strength of the book, telling a complex tale of both individual lives and social values disrupted and re-shaped both by the events of war and by growing-up. * Civil War Book Review * A great read. * The Lone Star Book Review * Jabour's beautifully conceived and eminently readable book on children of the Civil War adds a critical layer to our understanding about nationalism and the Southern home front. Her comprehensive analysis of the war's youngest political actors sheds particular light on their later role as creators of a New South. * Journal of American History * Topsy-Turvy does have much to recommend it to a general readership. It is blessedly free of jargon, making for a simple social history narrative....The author is diligent and inclusive, and she should be lauded especially for bringing the children of poor whites and free blacks into the story of the Civil War....Jacbour's work is readable, interesting, and useful for shattering a number of common stereotypes. * Journal of Southern History *

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