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Keep the Days: Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women

Steven M. Stowe


Americans wrote fiercely during their civil war. War surprised, devastated, and opened up imagination, taking hold of Americans’ words as well as their homes and families. The personal diary—wildly ragged yet rooted in day following day—was one place Americans wrote their war. Diaries, then, have become one of the best-known, most-used sources for exploring the life of the mind in a war-torn place and time. Delving into several familiar wartime diaries kept by women of the southern slave-owning class, Steven Stowe recaptures their motivations to keep the days close even as war tore apart the b ... More

Keywords: U.S. Civil War, Southern women, Nineteenth-century diaries, War and gender, War and literature, Historical empathy, Personal diaries and historical interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469640969
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven M. Stowe, author
Indiana University Bloomington