For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775–1861 by Ricardo A. Herrera (review)

For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775–1861 by Ricardo A. Herrera... REVIEWS engaged in a study of separatist movements in the Trans-Appalachian West. For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775­1861. By Ricardo A. Herrera. (New York: New York University Press, 2015. Pp. 272. Cloth, $55.00.) Reviewed by Rachel Engl In Liberty and the Republic, Ricardo A. Herrera provides a valuable synthesis exploring the ideological motivations of soldiers from the American Revolution through the start of the Civil War. Herrera proposes that there were continuities in what he terms "the military ethos of republicanism," that defined American soldiers' service during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (x). Herrera embarks on a bold and ambitious project, which he, himself, acknowledges, yet he falls somewhat short of his goal of fully proving that American soldiers were united across time through ideological impulses of republicanism that compelled them to service. In identifying republicanism as the central motivation for soldiers for almost 100 years, Herrera employs a definition of republicanism that does not adequately incorporate changing ideas of citizenship as well as personal factors for joining the army. Nevertheless, his book showcases the potential for new insights into military history by incorporating research and methods from social, gender, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775–1861 by Ricardo A. Herrera (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 37 (1) – Feb 23, 2017

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Copyright © 2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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REVIEWS engaged in a study of separatist movements in the Trans-Appalachian West. For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775­1861. By Ricardo A. Herrera. (New York: New York University Press, 2015. Pp. 272. Cloth, $55.00.) Reviewed by Rachel Engl In Liberty and the Republic, Ricardo A. Herrera provides a valuable synthesis exploring the ideological motivations of soldiers from the American Revolution through the start of the Civil War. Herrera proposes that there were continuities in what he terms "the military ethos of republicanism," that defined American soldiers' service during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (x). Herrera embarks on a bold and ambitious project, which he, himself, acknowledges, yet he falls somewhat short of his goal of fully proving that American soldiers were united across time through ideological impulses of republicanism that compelled them to service. In identifying republicanism as the central motivation for soldiers for almost 100 years, Herrera employs a definition of republicanism that does not adequately incorporate changing ideas of citizenship as well as personal factors for joining the army. Nevertheless, his book showcases the potential for new insights into military history by incorporating research and methods from social, gender, and

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Feb 23, 2017

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