racial demographics of divorced couples). Focusing on attitudes toward these infrequent events--even when looking at postbellum increases in suicide, divorce, and personal bankruptcy, the incidents as a percentage of the population are quite small--allows him to make arguments about larger changes in moral and cultural sentiments. However, that focus results, at times, in a sense of uncertainty for the reader about what beyond attitudes had changed over the course of the eighty-five years examined in this study. Still, ultimately, this book represents an important addition to the historiography of the nineteenth-century South. Going forward, those who work on the psychological impact of war, the changing role of families, and the role of debt and credit will need to consult Silkenat's work. Jeffrey W. McClurken jeffrey w. mcclurken, associate professor and chair of history and American studies at the University of Mary Washington, is the author of Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2009). Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War. By Andrew F. Smith. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011. Pp. 295. Cloth, $27.99.) In Starving the South, Andrew Smith takes readers on a food-related jaunt
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