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When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War by LeeAnna Keith (review)

When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War by LeeAnna Keith (review) marriages that survived, Fredette’s claims about the possibilities for mutu- ality and the realities of patriarchy do not rest entirely on solid ground. Marriage on the Border is nevertheless a valuable contribution to the study of the border in the Civil War era. Through her creative use of divorce records, Allison Fredette complicates our understanding of regions and the flexibility of social practices that often exists along their edges. Amy Morsman amy morsman, professor of history at Middlebury College, is the author of The Big House after Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and Their Postbellum Domestic Experiment (University of Virginia Press, 2010). When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War. By LeeAnna Keith. (New York: Hill and Wang, 2020. Pp. 340. Cloth, $30.00.) Historians of the Civil War era are well acquainted with such Radical Republicans as Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, who shepherded some of Reconstruction’s most progressive legislation through Congress. In When It Was Grand, LeeAnna Keith introduces readers to lesser-known members of the Radical Republican wing, some of whom never held politi- cal office or worked in Washington, D.C., but pursued Radicals’ “nearly mystical” vision of “representative government based on free labor” before http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War by LeeAnna Keith (review)

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Abstract

marriages that survived, Fredette’s claims about the possibilities for mutu- ality and the realities of patriarchy do not rest entirely on solid ground. Marriage on the Border is nevertheless a valuable contribution to the study of the border in the Civil War era. Through her creative use of divorce records, Allison Fredette complicates our understanding of regions and the flexibility of social practices that often exists along their edges. Amy Morsman amy morsman, professor of history at Middlebury College, is the author of The Big House after Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and Their Postbellum Domestic Experiment (University of Virginia Press, 2010). When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War. By LeeAnna Keith. (New York: Hill and Wang, 2020. Pp. 340. Cloth, $30.00.) Historians of the Civil War era are well acquainted with such Radical Republicans as Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, who shepherded some of Reconstruction’s most progressive legislation through Congress. In When It Was Grand, LeeAnna Keith introduces readers to lesser-known members of the Radical Republican wing, some of whom never held politi- cal office or worked in Washington, D.C., but pursued Radicals’ “nearly mystical” vision of “representative government based on free labor” before

Journal

The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 1, 2021

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