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Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front

J. Matthew Gallman


The Civil War thrust Americans onto unfamiliar terrain, as two competing societies mobilized for four years of bloody conflict. Concerned Northerners turned to the print media for guidance on how to be good citizens in a war that hit close to home but was fought hundreds of miles away. They read novels, short stories, poems, songs, editorials, and newspaper stories. They laughed at cartoons and satirical essays. Their spirits were stirred in response to recruiting broadsides and patriotic envelopes. This massive cultural outpouring offered a path for ordinary Americans casting around for direc ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Northerners, print media, Union, citizenship, wartime, Northern popular culture, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469620992
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Matthew Gallman, author