Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians by Robert M. SandowDeserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians by Robert M. Sandow

Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians

byRobert M. Sandow

Paperback | October 11, 2011

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During the Civil War, there were throughout the Union explosions of resistance to the war - from the deadly Draft Riots in New York City to other, less well-known outbreaks. In Deserter Country, Robert Sandow explores one of these least known inner civil wars, the widespread, sometimes violentopposition in the Appalachian lumber country of Pennsylvania.Sparsely settled, these mountains were home to divided communities that provided safe-haven for opponents of the war. The dissent of mountain folk reflected their own marginality in the face of rapidly increasing exploitation of timber resources by big firms, as well as partisan debates overloyalty. One of the few studies of the northern Appalachians, this book draws revealing parallels to the War in the southern mountains, exploring the roots of rural protest in frontier development, the market economy, military policy, partisan debate, and everyday resistance. Sandow also sheds newlight on the party politics of rural resistance, rejecting easy depictions of war-opponents as traitors and malcontents for a more nuanced and complicated study of the class, economic upheaval, and localism.
Robert M. Sandow is Associate Professor of History at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
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Title:Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania AppalachiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.07 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082323052X

ISBN - 13:9780823230525

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". . . Offers a valuable corrective to previous portraits of wartime dissent and proves once again that community studies, far from being myopic and tangential, can offer substantive interpretations with broad implications."