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by Daniel E. Sutherland

Describes the day-to-day activities of Americans caught up in the turmoil of the Civil War, warring ideas about slavery, immigration, Western settlement, and technological change
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ISBN: 0060916397
ISBN13: 978-0060916398
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Daniel E. Sutherland
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 1990)
Pages: 303 pages
ePUB size: 1180 kb
FB2 size: 1194 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 744
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This is the four book in a series of five starting in colonial days and ending post-World War II about everyday life in the United States. As the author admits in the introduction, it is hard to cover "everyday life" because by the Civil War, there were many different kinds of "everyday life" depending on whether you were rich or poor, city dweller or rural denizen, living in the East or the Midwest or the West, being a Northerner or a Southerner. So many aspects of "everyday life" are covered in different chapters concentrating on home life, community life, work, play, birth and death, beginning with the lives of soldiers on either side in the Civil War.

This is an immensely readable overview of a sixteen-year span in United States history. Of course, it can't give an in-depth insight into every different aspect, but it does a great job giving you a general idea. As well, the author does not shy away from the injustices shown to African-Americans, Native Americans, and ethnic minorities. A lengthy bibliography which lead you on to further reading about city crime, pioneer lives, sickness, and other details of 19th century life. The other four books in this series, EVERYDAY LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA; THE RESHAPING OF EVERYDAY LIFE: 1790-1840; VICTORIAN AMERICA: TRANSFORMATIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, 1876-1915; and UNCERTAINTY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, 1915–1945 are also recommended.
Still In Mind
I think this is, perhaps, the finest book I have ever read on social history. I'm not kidding. After reading this "encyclopedia" (for that is what it truly is) on every aspect of life as it was during and just after the Civil War era, I actually feel as if I went back in time and visited the past first hand. Forget about "Everyday Life During the Civil War" and the other writer's guide books out there. "Expansion of Everyday Life 1860 - 1876" leaves no stone unturned, covering topics extensively such as the role of religion in the daily lives of the people, courtship, death, birth, clothing, prescription drugs of the era, what was eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, bathing, and schooling. Life in the city, in a town, and on the farm is covered pretty equally where the differences occur. The lives of the (freed) blacks is also mentioned throughout the text. Other topics covered include such taboo subjects as sex and abortion, homosexuality, as well as women's rights. But it is done not in the typical 21st century liberal PC style so prominent in current history books. One gets the impression that author, Daniel Sutherland, has a true passion for truth in social history and is not out to promote a political agenda. He does get a bit tedious at times (which I absolutely love - every detail of life is here!) but never dry, as another reviewer wrote. If you are a student of history, which I am, then I am sure you will feel the same as I.
There is not another history book of this era that I would recommend higher than this.
Mustard Forgotten
The book presents an excellent overview of the period and covers a great variety of topics. I enjoyed reading it immensely. It also gave me some food for thought, for example, where to direct my further reading. The extensive bibliography section was especially helpful.
On the other hand the narrative was somewhat sketchy in many cases, mentioning important aspects of day-to-day life only in passing, probably due to the fact that the book is intended to provide a general picture of the period. Personally, I would've preferred if the author had expounded on quite a few topics, home life, for example (my sphere of interest), but in the chapter "Life at Home" he goes from a brief description of daily routines (greatly generalized at that) to fashions to cosmetics to household chores etc. - all that within the space of a few pages. It made my head spin. Unfortunately, this happened a lot throughout the book.
Nevertheless, the book was engaging, its quality - excellent, the language - clear, conscise, and perfectly understanable even for a non-native speaker of English like myself. I would recommend it for those who only recently began to study the period, for it provides an excellent starting point for further research on topics of interest.
This book is a winner for people interested in the social history of this era. Social history brings America to life far better than any exploration of war or government depictions.
The technological growth over this era had a strong effect on the daily lives of people beyond manufacturing facilities or cities.
I have found the everyday life series of books quite rewarding in pursuing the social history of my ancestors. I have taken up exploring my ancestry and learning what they experienced in each era has made this exploration that much fuller.
I wanted this book for use as I am writing my family history narrative---and the book arrived today, about a week ahead of the expected date. It is in excellent condition, and the price was very reasonable. I am very pleased with both the book and the bookseller, Billy Budd's.
I found this book to be extremely information about life in the 1860s as I am into Civil War Re-enacting. There were so many interesting facts of everyday life, etc. that it was as if I had been transported back nearly 150 years.
Great job