Synopses & Reviews
As an essayist, philosopher, ex-pencil manufacturer, notorious hermit, tax protester, and all-around original thinker, Thoreau led so singular a life that he is in some ways a perfect candidate for the historical and biographical treatments made possible by the Historical Guides to American Authors series format. William E. Cain, the volume editor, includes contributions on his relationship with 19th century authority and concepts of the land, which should help the volume's reach beyond those who read Thoreau for illumination to those general readers who love him for embodying the spirit of American rebellion.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-274) and index.
About the Author
William E. Cain is Mary Jewitt Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College.
Table of Contents
Looking for lost kin: efforts to reunite freed families after emancipation / Michael P. Johnson. -- For better or for worse : black families and "the State" in Civil War Virginia / Michelle A. Krowel. -- In the shadow of the old Constitution : black civil war veterans and the persistence of slave marriage customs / Donald R. Shaffer. -- "Of necessity and public benefit" : southern families and their appeals for protection / Amy E. Murrell. -- "High with courage and hope": the Middleton family's Civil War / Judith Lee Hunt. -- "The white wings of Eros" : courtship and marriage in confederate Richmond / E. Susan Barber. -- "Good angels": confederate widowhood in Virginia / Jennifer Lynn Gross. -- "A family of women and children": the fains of East Tennessee during wartime / Daniel W. Stowell. -- Power, sex, and gender roles: the transformation of an Alabama planter family during the Civil War South / Henry Walker. -- Taking up the cross : conversion among black and white Jews in the Civil War South / Lauren F. Winner. -- In the far corner of the confederacy : a question of conscience for German-speaking Texans / Anne J. Bailey. -- Patriarchy in the world where there in no parting? : Power relations in the confederate heaven / Ted Ownby.