Making and remaking Pennsylvania's Civil War

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c2001.
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For many people, Pennsylvania's contribution to the Civil War goes little beyond the battle of Gettysburg. The North in general has received far less attention than the Confederacy in the historiography of the Civil War—a weakness in the literature that this book will help to address. The essays in this volume suggest a few ways to reconsider the impact of the Civil War on Pennsylvania and the way its memory remains alive even today.

Making and Remaking Pennsylvania's Civil War contains a wealth of new information about Pennsylvania during the war years. For instance, perhaps as many as 2,000 Pennsylvanians defected to the Confederacy to fight for the Southern cause. And during the advance of Lee's army in 1863, residents of the Gettysburg area gained a reputation throughout North and South as a stingy people who wanted to make money from the war rather than sacrifice for the Union. But the state displayed loyalty as well and commitment to the cause of freedom. Pittsburgh served as the site for one of the first public monuments in the country dedicated to African Americans. Women of the Commonwealth also contributed mightily through organizing sanitary fairs or helping in ways that belied their roles as keepers of the domestic world. And readers will learn from an African American soldier's letters how blacks helped win their own liberation.

As a whole, the ten essays contained in Making and Remaking Pennsylvania's Civil War include courage on the battlefield but reflect the current trends to understand the motivations of soldiers and the impact of war on civilians, rather than focusing solely on battles or leadership. The essays also employ interdisciplinary techniques, as well as raise gender and racial questions. They incorporate a more expansive time frame than the four years of the conflict, by looking at not only the making of the war—but also its remaking—or how a public revisits the past to suit contemporary needs.

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table_of_contents Keystone Confederates : Pennsylvanians who fought for Dixie / Christian B. Keller -- Avenue of dreams : patriotism and the spectator at Philadelphia's Great Central Sanitary Fair / Elizabeth Milroy -- "We were enlisted for the war" : ladies' aid societies and the politics of women's work during the Civil War / Rachel Filene Seidman -- "The world will little note nor long remember" : gender analysis of civilian responses to the Battle of Gettysburg / Christina Ericson -- The Avery Monument : the elevation of race in public sculpture and the Republican Party / Henry Pisciotta -- The Civil War letters of Quartermaster Sergeant John C. Brock, 43rd regiment, United States Colored Troops / edited by Eric Ledell Smith -- Sites of memory, sites of glory : African-American Grand Army of the Republic posts in Pennsylvania / Barbara A. Gannon -- "A disgrace that can never be washed out" : Gettysburg and the lingering stigma of 1863 / Jim Weeks -- "Magnificence and terrible truthfulness" : Peter F. Rothermel's The Battle of Gettysburg / Mark Thistlethwaite -- The brothers' war : Gettysburg the movie and American memory / William Blair.
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