Children for the Union: The War Spirit on the Northern Home Front (American Childhoods Series)

3 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781566635639: Children for the Union: The War Spirit on the Northern Home Front (American Childhoods Series)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The Civil War influenced virtually every aspect of children's lives, and in turn they eagerly incorporated the experience of war into their daily assumptions and activities. In this new contribution to the American Childhoods series, James A. Marten places the experiences of children living in the North during the Civil War into the larger contexts of economic, political, and cultural developments during the nineteenth century. On the home front, children became almost full-fledged members of their communities in their support of the war effort. They left school to replace absent men on farms and in factories, helped raise funds for hospitals and other soldiers' causes, and volunteered to knit socks, pick lint, and perform other necessary duties. Even as families were torn apart by the war, Mr. Marten notes, family ties grew stronger as Union soldiers filled their letters with love and advice for their children. He shows how the war brought writers for children to challenge the pacifism reflected in antebellum literature and instead to promote controversial political viewpoints such as abolitionism and to support the Union's military action. Indeed, Northern children's lives were militarized as never before, from the toys and games and stories that were overwhelmed by images of warfare and pro-Union ideals to actual military service by under-age soldiers and drummer boys. Both heroes and casualties, drummer boys in fact became potent symbols of the Northern war effort and the subject of countless poems and articles, at least temporarily altering perceptions of proper roles for children and youth in American society. As adults looking back, Northern children saw the war as a great adventure or a turning point in their lives. Some mourned lost fathers or relatives; others mourned lost childhoods. Children for the Union opens a new window on the impact of the war and shows that the youngest Americans were inevitable and enthusiastic participants in the nation's worst crisis. Abundantly illustrated.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

James A. Marten is professor and director of graduate studies in history at Marquette University. He has also written Texas Divided and Chasing Rainbows, and is the editor of Ivan R. Dee's American Childhoods series. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Review:

This work would be a welcome addition for any academic library. (Library Journal)

This volume usefully surveys what it was like to be a child in the North during the Civil War. . . . Fluent, jargon-free social history. (Booklist)

In this splendid book, James Marten captures the passion and poetry of the children's Civil War. (James M. McPherson)

In this detailed look at children and childhood during the Civil War era, James Marten connects compelling personal stories to the larger social, economic, and political events of the time. . . . The result is a volume that skillfully demonstrates the ways in which the war influenced and shaped a generation of children. (Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of Children of the Western Plains)

Details the impact of the Civil War on the lives of Northern white children. Provides a welcome glimpse into the lives of Northern middle-class children of the Civil War era. (Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College Chicago Tribune)

Marten's facts have a welcome human face, since he relies heavily on the memoirs of those who experienced the war first-hand. (Foreword Reviews)

Effectively integrates the history of the battlefield and the home front in an engaging and well-written social history. (Civil War Book Review)

The author's numerous quotations from letters by children to and from their relatives are especially revealing. (The Dallas Morning News)

General readers will very much enjoy this book. . . . Recommended. (CHOICE)

The war spirit on the Northern home front during the Civil War is deftly recounted sparing no details. (The Bookwatch)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

James A. Marten
Published by Ivan R. Dee (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R. Dee, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1566635632

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Marten, James A.
Published by Ivan R. Dee
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R. Dee. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1566635632 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132663947

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Marten, James A.
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TN-9781566635639

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

James Marten
Published by Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Civil War influenced virtually every aspect of children s lives, and in turn they eagerly incorporated the experience of war into their daily assumptions and activities. In this new contribution to the American Childhoods series, James A. Marten places the experiences of children living in the North during the Civil War into the larger contexts of economic, political, and cultural developments during the nineteenth century. On the home front, children became almost full-fledged members of their communities in their support of the war effort. They left school to replace absent men on farms and in factories, helped raise funds for hospitals and other soldiers causes, and volunteered to knit socks, pick lint, and perform other necessary duties. Even as families were torn apart by the war, Mr. Marten notes, family ties grew stronger as Union soldiers filled their letters with love and advice for their children. He shows how the war brought writers for children to challenge the pacifism reflected in antebellum literature and instead to promote controversial political viewpoints such as abolitionism and to support the Union s military action. Indeed, Northern children s lives were militarized as never before, from the toys and games and stories that were overwhelmed by images of warfare and pro-Union ideals to actual military service by under-age soldiers and drummer boys. Both heroes and casualties, drummer boys in fact became potent symbols of the Northern war effort and the subject of countless poems and articles, at least temporarily altering perceptions of proper roles for children and youth in American society. As adults looking back, Northern children saw the war as a great adventure or a turning point in their lives. Some mourned lost fathers or relatives; others mourned lost childhoods. Children for the Union opens a new window on the impact of the war and shows that the youngest Americans were inevitable and enthusiastic participants in the nation s worst crisis. Abundantly illustrated. Seller Inventory # ANB9781566635639

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Marten, James A.
Published by National Book Network
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Book Network. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1566635632

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

James A. Marten
Published by Ivan R. Dee (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R. Dee, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1566635632

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

James Marten
Published by Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Civil War influenced virtually every aspect of children s lives, and in turn they eagerly incorporated the experience of war into their daily assumptions and activities. In this new contribution to the American Childhoods series, James A. Marten places the experiences of children living in the North during the Civil War into the larger contexts of economic, political, and cultural developments during the nineteenth century. On the home front, children became almost full-fledged members of their communities in their support of the war effort. They left school to replace absent men on farms and in factories, helped raise funds for hospitals and other soldiers causes, and volunteered to knit socks, pick lint, and perform other necessary duties. Even as families were torn apart by the war, Mr. Marten notes, family ties grew stronger as Union soldiers filled their letters with love and advice for their children. He shows how the war brought writers for children to challenge the pacifism reflected in antebellum literature and instead to promote controversial political viewpoints such as abolitionism and to support the Union s military action. Indeed, Northern children s lives were militarized as never before, from the toys and games and stories that were overwhelmed by images of warfare and pro-Union ideals to actual military service by under-age soldiers and drummer boys. Both heroes and casualties, drummer boys in fact became potent symbols of the Northern war effort and the subject of countless poems and articles, at least temporarily altering perceptions of proper roles for children and youth in American society. As adults looking back, Northern children saw the war as a great adventure or a turning point in their lives. Some mourned lost fathers or relatives; others mourned lost childhoods. Children for the Union opens a new window on the impact of the war and shows that the youngest Americans were inevitable and enthusiastic participants in the nation s worst crisis. Abundantly illustrated. Seller Inventory # ANB9781566635639

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

James Marten
Published by Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R Dee, Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The Civil War influenced virtually every aspect of children s lives, and in turn they eagerly incorporated the experience of war into their daily assumptions and activities. In this new contribution to the American Childhoods series, James A. Marten places the experiences of children living in the North during the Civil War into the larger contexts of economic, political, and cultural developments during the nineteenth century. On the home front, children became almost full-fledged members of their communities in their support of the war effort. They left school to replace absent men on farms and in factories, helped raise funds for hospitals and other soldiers causes, and volunteered to knit socks, pick lint, and perform other necessary duties. Even as families were torn apart by the war, Mr. Marten notes, family ties grew stronger as Union soldiers filled their letters with love and advice for their children. He shows how the war brought writers for children to challenge the pacifism reflected in antebellum literature and instead to promote controversial political viewpoints such as abolitionism and to support the Union s military action. Indeed, Northern children s lives were militarized as never before, from the toys and games and stories that were overwhelmed by images of warfare and pro-Union ideals to actual military service by under-age soldiers and drummer boys. Both heroes and casualties, drummer boys in fact became potent symbols of the Northern war effort and the subject of countless poems and articles, at least temporarily altering perceptions of proper roles for children and youth in American society. As adults looking back, Northern children saw the war as a great adventure or a turning point in their lives. Some mourned lost fathers or relatives; others mourned lost childhoods. Children for the Union opens a new window on the impact of the war and shows that the youngest Americans were inevitable and enthusiastic participants in the nation s worst crisis. Abundantly illustrated. Seller Inventory # BTE9781566635639

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

MARTEN, JAMES A.
Published by RL (2018)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description RL, 2018. Hardback. Condition: NEW. 9781566635639 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Print on Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 10 working days. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01262357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.61
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Marten, James A.
Published by Ivan R. Dee (2004)
ISBN 10: 1566635632 ISBN 13: 9781566635639
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ivan R. Dee, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111566635632

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book