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Children and Youth during the Civil War Era$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796078

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796078.001.0001

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Children and Youth during the Civil War Era

James Marten

NYU Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of two of the famous novels written about the Civil War era, where children and families provided the emotional centers: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. While the former deals with the deepest well of contention between the North and South, the latter focuses on the ways in which the war could affect even those families living far from the battlefront. The chapter then reviews existing scholarship on the historiography of children during the Civil War and sets out the book's main themes. These include the rise of the middle-class family and the development of “modern” childhood; the lives of slave families and children before and after the war; and the “Lost Cause” movement.

Keywords:   American Civil War, children, youth, historiography, middle class, slave families, Lost Cause

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