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This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North

Andrew L. Slap and Michael Thomas Smith


While most of the fighting took place in the South, the Civil War profoundly affected the North. As farm boys became soldiers and marched off to battle, social, economic and political changes transformed northern society. In the generations following the conflict historians tried to understand and explain the North's Civil War experience. Many historical explanations became taken for granted, such as that the Union Army was ideologically Republican, northern Democrats were disloyal, and German-Americans were lousy soldiers. Ten iconoclastic scholars take aim at many of the accepted interpretat ... More

Keywords: Civil War North, Union, Politics, Copperheads, Union Army, African Americans, Reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245680
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew L. Slap, editor
East Tennessee State University

Michael Thomas Smith, editor
McNeese State University