Driven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee Crisis by David SilkenatDriven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee Crisis by David Silkenat

Driven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee Crisis

byDavid Silkenat

Paper over Board | October 15, 2016

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Examining refugees of Civil War–era North Carolina, Driven from Home reveals the complexity and diversity of the war’s displaced populations and the inadequate responses of governmental and charitable organizations as refugees scrambled to secure the necessities of daily life. In North Carolina, writes David Silkenat, the relative security of the Piedmont and mountains drew pro-Confederate elements from across the region. Early in the war, Union invaders established strongholds on the coast, to which their sympathizers fled in droves. Silkenat looks at five groups caught up in this floodtide of emigration: enslaved African Americans who fled to freedom; white Unionists; pro-Confederate whites—both slave owners (who often forced their slaves to migrate with them) and non–slave owners; and young women, often from more besieged areas of the South, who attended the state’s many boarding schools. From their varied experiences, a picture emerges of a humanitarian crisis driven by mobility, shaped by unprecedented economic pressures and disease vectors, and exacerbated by governments unwilling or unable to provide meaningful relief.

For anyone seeking context to current refugee crises, Driven from Home has much to say about the crushing administrative and logistical challenges of aid work, the illusory nature of such concepts as home fronts and battle lines, and the ongoing debate over links between relief and dependence.

David Silkenat is a senior lecturer in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina.David Silkenat is a lecturer in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He is...
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Title:Driven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee CrisisFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820349461

ISBN - 13:9780820349466

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Driven from Home: North Carolina’s Civil War Refugee Crisis brings the importance of the Confederacy’s refugee crisis into the light for a new generation of scholars, building upon the recent works of Yael Sternhell (Routes of War), James Oakes (Freedom National), and others. . . . This book is valuable to both undergraduate courses and graduate-level seminars that concern the real war not getting into the books, as well as the avid Civil War reader looking for a well-researched and well-written book. - David P. Hopkins, Jr. - Register of the Kentucky Historical Society