Civil War Sisterhood: The U.S. Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition by Northeastern University Press (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionThe Civil War-era U.S. Sanitary Commission (USSC) was the largest wartime benevolent institution. Judith Ann Giesberg demonstrates convincingly that that generation of women provided a crucial link between the local evangelical crusades of the early nineteenth century and the sweeping national reform and suffrage movements of the postwar period. Drawing on Sanitary Commission documents and memoirs, the author details how rthern elite and middle-class women's experiences in and influence over the USSC formed the impetus for later reform efforts. Giesberg explores the ways in which women honed organizational and administrative skills, developed new strategies that combined strong centralized leadership with regional grassroots automy, and created a sisterhood that reached across class lines. She begins her study with an examination of the Woman's Central Association of Relief, an organization that gave birth to the USSC. Giesberg then discusses the significant roles of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Dorothea Lynde Dix, and Henry Whitney Bellows, and considers the rationale for bringing women and men together in a collaborative wartime relief program. She shows how Louisa Lee Schuyler, Abigail Williams May, and other young women maneuvered and challenged the male-run Commission as they built an effective national network for giving critical support to soldiers on the battlefield and their families on the home front. This fresh perspective on the evolution of women's political culture fills an important gap in the literature, and it will appeal to historians, women's studies scholars, and Civil War buffs alike.
- Author BiographyJUDITH GIESBERG received her Ph.D. from Boston College and is currently Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. Her articles have appeared in Nursing History Review, Pennsylvania History, and Civil War History. She and her family live in Philadelphia.
- PublisherNortheastern University Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2006
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationBoston, Massachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNortheastern University Press
- Out-of-print date16/04/2015
- Content Note, black & white illustrations
- Weight386 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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