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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era (Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era)

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Did preoccupations with family and work crowd out interest in politics in the nineteenth century, as some have argued? Arguing that social historians have gone too far in concluding that Americans were not deeply engaged in public life and that political historians have gone too far in asserting that politics informed all of Americans' lives, Mark Neely seeks to gauge the importance of politics for ordinary people in the Civil War era.

Looking beyond the usual markers of political activity, Neely sifts through the political bric-a-brac of the era--lithographs and engravings of political heroes, campaign buttons, songsters filled with political lyrics, photo albums, newspapers, and political cartoons. In each of four chapters, he examines a different sphere--the home, the workplace, the gentlemen's Union League Club, and the minstrel stage--where political engagement was expressed in material culture. Neely acknowledges that there were boundaries to political life, however. But as his investigation shows, political expression permeated the public and private realms of Civil War America.

Synopsis:

Arguing that social historians have gone too far in concluding that Americans were not deeply engaged in public life and political historians have gone too far in asserting that politics informed all of Americans' lives, Neely seeks to gauge the importance of politics for ordinary people in the Civil War era. Looking beyond the usual markers of political activity, Neely sifts through the political bric-a-brac of the era--lithographs and engravings of political heroes, campaign buttons, photo albums, newspapers, and political cartoons. In each of four chapters, he examines a different sphere--the home, the workplace, the gentlemen's Union League Club, and the minstrel stage--where political engagement was expressed in material culture.

About the Author

Mark E. Neely Jr. is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era and senior historian in residence at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author or coauthor of eleven previous books, including The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North and The Union Image: Popular Prints of the Civil War North.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807829868
Author:
Neely, Mark, Jr.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr.
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr. JR. JR.
Author:
Mark E., Jr. Neely
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr. JR. JR.
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr.
Author:
Neely, Mark E., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War; 19th century American political history; Union League; minstrelsy; political culture; 19th-century newspapers; 19th-century political campaigns; draft riots; 19th-century prints and material culture; Currier and Ives; Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
American Civil War
Subject:
19th century American political history
Subject:
Union League
Subject:
Minstrelsy
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Newspapers
Subject:
19th-century political campaigns
Subject:
draft riots
Subject:
19th-century prints and material culture
Subject:
Currier and ives
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
19th-century newspapers
Subject:
19th century American poli
Subject:
tical history
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Currier and I
Subject:
ves
Copyright:
Series:
Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.75 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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"Synopsis" by , Arguing that social historians have gone too far in concluding that Americans were not deeply engaged in public life and political historians have gone too far in asserting that politics informed all of Americans' lives, Neely seeks to gauge the importance of politics for ordinary people in the Civil War era. Looking beyond the usual markers of political activity, Neely sifts through the political bric-a-brac of the era--lithographs and engravings of political heroes, campaign buttons, photo albums, newspapers, and political cartoons. In each of four chapters, he examines a different sphere--the home, the workplace, the gentlemen's Union League Club, and the minstrel stage--where political engagement was expressed in material culture.
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