Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Divided Family in Civil War America

by Amy Murrell Taylor

From the publisher:
Taylor looks behind the Civil War metaphor of "brother against brother" to the real experiences of families, particularly in border states, whose households were split by divided loyalties. She studies letters and diaries to understand how families coped with division between husbands and wives, fathers and sons, and she traces the adoption of the image of the "house divided" in newspapers, government documents, and popular fiction to describe the divided nation.

Amy Murrell Taylor is assistant professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany.