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Citizens More Than Soldiers: The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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Historians typically depict nineteenth-century militiamen as drunken buffoons who stumbled into crooked lines, poked each other with cornstalk weapons, and inevitably shot their commander in the backside with a rusty, antiquated musket. Citizens More than Soldiers demonstrates that, to the contrary, the militia remained an active civil institution in the early nineteenth century, affecting the eras great social, political, and economic transitions. In fact, given their degree of community involvement, militiamen were more influential in Kentuckys maturation than any other formal community organization.
 
Citizens More than Soldiers reveals that the militia was not the atrophied remnant of the Revolutions minutemen but an ongoing organization that maintained an important presence in American society. This study also shows that citizen-soldiers participated in their communities by establishing local, regional, and national identities, reinforcing the social hierarchy, advancing democratization and party politics, keeping the public peace, encouraging economic activity, and defining concepts of masculinity. A more accurate understanding of the militias contribution to American society extends our comprehension of the evolutionary processes of a maturing nation, showing, for example, how citizen-soldiers promoted nationalism, encouraged democratization, and maintained civil order. Citizens More than Soldiers is not a traditional military history of campaigns and battles but rather the story of citizen-soldiers and their contribution to the transformation of American society in the nineteenth century.

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Harry S. Laver is an associate professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803229709
Author:
Laver, Harry S.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
HIS036120
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Kentucky - History, Military - 19th century
Subject:
Kentucky - Militia - History - 19th century
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 tables, index
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.95 lb

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General
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