Graduate Student Council Research Grants


Fighting for Home: How the Civil War Changed Northern Masculinity

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Ph.D. in History

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I am going to use this GSC project to travel to the Kansas Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society to find how the Civil War changed ideas about masculinity for people who fought in it and whose lives were affected by the violence, which is the subject of my dissertation. This project is important to the field of Civil War history because of my focus on the North. Geographically, most studies about gender in the Civil War have focused on the South because most of the fighting actually occurred there, and the consequences of the war for the North have been overlooked. By looking at the experiences of Union soldiers and areas of the Union affected by the war, including towns in Kansas and Kentucky, we can develop our understanding of how formal enlistment and support for the army became important to ideas about masculinity for all Americans.

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