The Civil War tore America apart. The ensuing era of Reconstruction sewed it back together. In this vivid look at the popular culture of the era, Browne and Kreiser examine how Americans coped with the trials and tribulations of this cataclysmic period. Narrative essays examine the lives of everyday Americans-young and old, Northern and Southern, soldier and civilian-along with the major traditions and trends in every facet of the time's popular culture. Dime vels, illustrated newspapers, iceboxes, patriotic hymns and rebel rhythms, minstrel shows, and professional baseball teams were just some of the cultural phemena that thrived during this period. Readers will benefit from the chapter bibliographies, a timeline, a cost comparison, and suggestions for further reading. This latest addition to Greenwood's ^IAmerican Popular Culture Through History^R series is an invaluable contribution to the study of American popular culture.
RAY B. BROWNE is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, which he founded. He is editor of the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures. He is the author and editor of over 70 books and has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association since their beginnings. LAWRENCE A. KREISER JR. is an independent scholar.