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The Childrens Civil War James Marten

The Childrens Civil War

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Children—white and black, northern and southern—endured a vast and varied range of experiences during the Civil War. Children celebrated victories and mourned defeats, tightened their belts and widened their responsibilities, took part in patrioticMoreChildren—white and black, northern and southern—endured a vast and varied range of experiences during the Civil War. Children celebrated victories and mourned defeats, tightened their belts and widened their responsibilities, took part in patriotic displays and suffered shortages and hardships, fled their homes to escape enemy invaders and snatched opportunities to run toward the promise of freedom.Offering a fascinating look at how children were affected by our nations greatest crisis, James Marten examines their toys and games, their literature and schoolbooks, the letters they exchanged with absent fathers and brothers, and the hardships they endured. He also explores childrens politicization, their contributions to their homelands war efforts, and the lessons they took away from the war. Drawing on the childhoods of such diverse Americans as Jane Addams, Booker T. Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt, and on sources that range from diaries and memoirs to childrens amateur newspapers, Marten examines the myriad ways in which the Civil War shaped the lives of a generation of American children.