The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

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Looking for politics in private places? Did preoccupations with family and work crowd out interest in politics in the nineteenth century, as some have contended? 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 E. 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.


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Details

Author(s)
Mark E. Neely
Format
Hardback | 176 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 16.26mm | 308.44g
Publication date
31 Oct 2005
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication City/Country
Chapel Hill, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
0807829862
ISBN13
9780807829868
Bestsellers rank
1,710,898