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The Divided Family in Civil War America

Amy Murrell Taylor


The Civil War has long been described as a war pitting “brother against brother.” The divided family is an enduring metaphor for the divided nation, but it also accurately reflects the reality of America's bloodiest war. Connecting the metaphor to the real experiences of families whose households were split by conflicting opinions about the war, this book provides a social and cultural history of the divided family in Civil War America. In hundreds of border-state households, brothers—and sisters—really did fight one another, while fathers and sons argued over secession, and husbands and wives ... More

Keywords: Civil War, cultural history, family, secession, national loyalties, letters, diaries, popular fiction, newspapers, political rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829691
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899076_taylor


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Murrell Taylor, author