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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era
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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

Mark E. Neely Jr.

Abstract

Did preoccupations with family and work crowd out interest in politics in the nineteenth century, as some have argued? Arguing that social historians have gone too far in concluding that Americans were not deeply engaged in public life, and that political historians have gone too far in asserting that politics informed all of Americans' lives, the author of this book seeks to gauge the importance of politics for ordinary people in the Civil War era. Looking beyond the usual markers of political activity, he sifts through the political bric-a-brac of the era—lithographs and engravings of politi ... More

Keywords: family, work, politics, public life, Civil War, home, workplace, political engagement, material culture, campaign buttons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829868
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876947_neely

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark E. Neely Jr., author