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Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers

James J. Broomall


How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the emotional worlds of the men who took up arms for the South. Raised in an antebellum culture that demanded restraint and shaped white men to embrace self-reliant masculinity, Confederate soldiers lived and fought within military units where they experienced the traumatic strain of combat and its privations together--all the while being separated from suffering families. Military service provoked changes tha ... More

Keywords: Soldiers – Confederate States of America. Army, Civil War – social aspects, Masculinity – southern states, Men – southern states – social conditions, Confederate States of America. Army – Military life, Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan (19th century), Antebellum culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469651989
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James J. Broomall, author
Shepherd University