Busy Hands: Images of the Family in the Northern Civil War by Patricia Richard

By Patricia Richard

Concentrating on middle-class women's contributions to the northern Civil warfare attempt, Patricia Richard exhibits how girls applied their strength as ethical brokers to form the best way males survived the ravages of struggle. Busy arms investigates the ways that white and African American girls used photographs of family members and household lifestyles of their aid efforts to counter the consequences of prostitution, playing, profanity, and consuming, threatening men's postwar civilian health. Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs of Civil struggle nurses, sanitary employees, infantrymen, and the warriors' reduction societies, Richard develops a brand new standpoint on family effect at the warfare, as ladies sought to avoid wasting squaddies from the hazards of the army international.

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Moreover, “[a]s a force for good, influence was spoken of as a moral gravitation, a personal electricity, a cosmic vibration. ” It becomes apparent from this description why Alice and other wives and mothers feared the degrading atmosphere of the army, which they imagined to be overrun with intemperate men who lacked self-control and honor and who undoubtedly would “poison” their loved ones through their association. But women also knew that they could exert their purifying influence to counter the corrupting forces of the camp.

Martin’s Press, 1973), 86. According to both Nancy Cott and Jeanne Boydston, modernization changed all women’s lives, both married and unmarried, but a woman’s class status and whether she lived in a rural or urban setting also influenced her responsibilities. ” See Nancy F. : Yale University Press, 1977), 40–41, and Jeanne Boydston, Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), 26–28. 4. Boydston, Home and Work, 32–36.

Lystra, Searching the Heart, 142–43. ” Reframing allowed a man to behave in culturally defined feminine ways and a woman to behave in culturally defined masculine ways without violating “sex-role prescription. ” 19. S. Women’s History, edited by Ellen Carol DuBois and Vicki L. S. THE FAMILY DURING THE CIVIL WAR 37 Women’s History, edited by Ellen Carol DuBois and Vicki L. Ruiz (New York: Routledge, 1994), 113, 114; Michael Kimmel, Manhood in America: A Cultural History (New York: Free Press, 1996), 56–57.

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