With Ballot and Bayonet: The Political Socialization of American Civil War Soldiers by Joseph FrankWith Ballot and Bayonet: The Political Socialization of American Civil War Soldiers by Joseph Frank

With Ballot and Bayonet: The Political Socialization of American Civil War Soldiers

byJoseph Frank

Paperback | May 15, 2016

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In this groundbreaking study of what motivated soldiers to enlist and fight in this nation's most bloody conflict, Joseph Allan Frank argues that politics was central to the development of the armies of the North and South: motivating soldiers, molding the organization, defining the qualifications of officers, shaping fighting styles, and framing the nature of relations between the army and society.

Frank describes how political considerations motivated the soldiers and inspired the loyalty of the officers and men, assuring military cohesion. He reveals that these stalwart citizen soldiers remarkably remained true to the cause even as esprit de corps and small group bonding diminished, as new recruits replaced old comrades, and as old regiments were consolidated into new ones. His book relies on the letters and diaries of more than a thousand soldiers, with the author using social science categories for identifying politically aware soldiers and then defining and classifying the levels of political socialization.

JOSEPH ALLEN FRANK was a professorof political science at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada until his retirement in 1999. He is now am adjunct faculty member teaching Civil Warhistory in the department of history, political science, and law at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the coauthor of Seeing the El...
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Title:With Ballot and Bayonet: The Political Socialization of American Civil War SoldiersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2016Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820350362

ISBN - 13:9780820350363

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A major contribution to a small but steadily growing body of work on Civil War soldiers . . . Frank has a particularly good sense of the internal dynamics of the war effort over time, and he is very concerned with dwelling on the concept of a people's war and a citizen army. Students of all these topics will greatly enjoy this book. His discussion of the South's debate over arming slaves is one of the best I have read. And no one can fault Frank for his grasp of political theory and the scholarship surrounding it (he is a political science professor), or for his wide understanding of other conflicts in the Western world that involved mass armies. - Civil War History