and to develop strong character for the divinely sanctioned cause of Union. This self-perception, Clarke brilliantly concludes, kept northerners on the fringes of modernism, but as they moved toward the twentieth century, the veterans themselves rewrote wartime stories of suffering. They were transformed into tales of rugged manliness, devoid of the very idealism that had sustained so many northern men and women during the trials of war. Peter S. Carmichael peter s. carmichael, professor of history at Gettysburg College and director of the Civil War Institute, is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The War for the Common Soldier." Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina. By David Silkenat. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Pp. 312. Cloth, $45.00.) In Moments of Despair, David Silkenat adds to a growing body of work on the impact of the Civil War. Defining the Civil War era as 18201905, Silkenat focuses his study on three "social constructs, suicide, divorce, and debt," which he argues "functioned as barometers of change reflecting the relationship between the individual and society" among black and white North Carolinians (2). While such issues arose in other areas of
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
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