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Contested LoyaltyDebates over Patriotism in the Civil War North$
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Robert M. Sandow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279753

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279753.001.0001

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“A Source of Mortification to All Truly Loyal Men”

“A Source of Mortification to All Truly Loyal Men”

Allegheny Arsenal’s Disloyal Worker Purge of 1863

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(p.220) “A Source of Mortification to All Truly Loyal Men”
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Contested Loyalty
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Timothy J. Orr

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279753.003.0009

In this essay, Timothy Orr focuses on the Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh to reveal how employers used allegations of partisan disloyalty to weaken the rights and protections of war workers. As Orr relates, political discrimination underlay the purge of fifteen factory workers charged with disloyal speech in May 1863. The men were accused by fellow workers of uttering statements critical of Lincoln and his war policies. Their dismissal following an extrajudicial inquiry sparked a heated partisan exchange in area newspapers. Orr argues that popular attitudes toward war workers during the Civil War contrasted sharply with those of the World Wars. In the latter era, this work was seen more clearly in patriotic terms, as a substitute for military service in the national cause. In the Civil War, however, military work alone was not satisfactory proof of patriotism. Workers in military manufacturing then were held to a standard of loyalty regulating not just actions but also their words.

Keywords:   Loyalty, Partisanship, Pennsylvania, Politics, War work

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