These original essays bring fresh perspectives to our understanding of the impact of the Civil War on daily life in the northern states. From family, race, religion, and popular culture to political organization and party ideology, the essays chronicle the many dimensions of the “uncommon time” of the North’s Civil War.
All the essays offer exciting glimpses into the impact of war on northern society, culture, gender, and race. The book will be of interest to students of the Civil War and is recommended for use in college history courses dealing with the mid-nineteenth century.
New York History
This fine collection of essays indicates that scholars of the Northern experience are generating similarly valuable scholarship. The dozen essays collected in An Uncommon Time are all impressive pieces of research and writing. Each is well documented, persuasively written, and intelligently argued.
—William Lee Miller
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
"...a book much stronger than the average collection on the Civil War. The reason for the book's superiority is that many of the essays derive from unpublished dissertations rather than from conference papers and therefore represent the fruits of substantial research and long reflection.
—Mark E. Neely, Jr., Pennsylvania State University
American Historical Review