New Jerseyans in the Civil War

New Jerseyans in the Civil War

For Union and Liberty

eBook - 2000
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Rutgers University Press

The Civil War divided New Jersey just as it did the nation. As a small state sandwiched between two large and powerful neighbors, New Jersey had always enthusiastically supported the creation of a strong central government. On the other hand, many New Jersey citizens did not share the anti-slavery sentiments of the North; they supported property rights of slave owners and believed in the natural inferiority of blacks. Subsequently, when southern states began to secede from the Union to form the Confederacy, New Jerseyans were left divided and confused.

William J. Jackson examines the ironies, paradoxes, and contradictions that characterized New Jersey's unique historical role in the war. This is the only book to incorporate social and political history with that of military history and strategy. Civil War aficionados and historians will also welcome Jackson's analysis of the participation of New Jersey African Americans on the home front and in the military.


William J. Jackson examines the ironies, paradoxes, and contradictions that characterized New Jersey's unique historical role in the war. This is the only book to incorporate social and political history with that of military history and strategy. Civil War aficionados and historians will also welcome Jackson's analysis of the participation of New Jersey African Americans on the home front and in the military.


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Incorporating social and political history with that of military history and issues, Jackson (retired professor of history, The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey) examines the ironies, paradoxes, and contradictions that characterized New Jersey's unique historical role in the context of the entire Civil War. He includes an analysis of the participation of New Jersey African Americans on the home front and in the military, and shows how the war divided the small state just as it did the nation. Includes several b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780585321592
0585321590
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 270 pages) : illustrations, map

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