Women During the Civil War
Routledge – 2004 – 368 pages
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Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia is the first A-Z reference work to offer a panoramic presentation of the contributions, achievements, and personal stories of American women during one of the most turbulent eras of the nation's history. Incorporating the most recent scholarship as well as excerpts from diaries, letters, newspapers, and other primary source documents, this Encyclopedia encompasses the wartime experiences of famous and lesser-known women of all ethnic groups and social backgrounds throughout the United States during the Civil War era.
"Beautifully illustrated… A pleasure to read and a reliable resource… Magnificently produced in an over-sized format that showcases a wealth of excellent photographs and maps… Harper has done an extraordinary service for general readers and for more advanced researchers alike… A mandatory resource for high school and undergraduate libraries… Will appeal to both general readers and anyone researching the lives of women during the Civil War era. It is endlessly fascinating, and will remain a valuable resource for the foreseeable future." -- The Journal of Military History
"[An] outstanding work… A unique work for scholars, students, Civil War buffs and reenactors, and general readers. The standard against which all future works will be measured. Highly recommended. All levels and collections." -- Choice
"Unique… An important resource for most libraries… A necessary acquisition for public and academic libraries with collections on the Civil War, social movements such as abolition, and women's studies." -- Booklist/RBB
"The first to focus exclusively on women in this pivotal conflict… The readable entries include both illustrations and bibliographies… Recommended for larger public and academic libraries, particularly those with an interest in Civil War and women's studies, even when more general works are available." -- Library Journal
"The effect of the Civil War on women's lives is explored in this methodical, expert, readable, reference source… Harper accounts for historical perspective and diversity of viewpoint on a particular person or group of women, and she delivers facts, folklore, and contemporary thought with precision and clarity. This tool is essential for Civil War studies in middle schools and high schools
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"A well-rounded view of all women and the United States during a time period that is often entirely characterized by war… The work's most rewarding aspect are its reliance on first-hand experience of women (primarily diary entries) and its cover-to-cover readability, despite being a reference source… Any library with a women's studies collection would benefit from the addition of this work." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
"A well-researched account… Harper's careful documentation provides students with an excellent guide… This unique resource will serve school, public and academic libraries." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews
"an insightful resource on women in the Civil War era…an excellent survey of women's daily existence during a crucial time in American history… All entries are well written." -- Feminist Collections
"Offers a comprehensive look at women fromall backgrounds and their many different roles during the Civil War through short, thorough entries." -- Cobblestone
"A very readable reference that is a must for any student of history." -- Civil War Book Review
Judith E. Harper is an independent scholar and professional writer specializing in American history. She is the author of Susan B. Anthony: A Biographical Companion and African-Americans During the Revolutionary War. She has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of New England Culture, the Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, Gay and Lesbian Biography and Feminist Writers.