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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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My dissertation examines the families of Civil War African American soldiers in the nineteenth and twentieth-century. The project applies gender and sociological methodologies to case studies of Northern African American soldiers to explore how African American families used military service to reframe societal debates of gender. Using these methodologies, I have uncovered the contested debates of what gender meant, not only for Northern African Americans but also for whites. By supporting black military service, African American family members attempted to have their gender recognized equal to whites, instead of as inferior.
Numerous advocates of enlistment championed military service as the vehicle to have white society recognize black humanity and citizenship claims. But enlistment idealism and the hardships of service ignored the material realities of working-class Northern black families. Military service caused financial instability to numerous working-class Northern black families as their male kin sacrificed their lives in the Civil war.
Black, Citizenship, Civil War, Families, Gender, Race
viii, 268 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-268).
Copyright © 2017 Holly Anthony Pinheiro
Pinheiro, Holly Anthony Jr.. ""Men of color! To arms! : race, gender, and citizenship in the Civil War era"." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.
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