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Author Burton, William L., 1928-2016.

Title Melting pot soldiers : the Union's ethnic regiments / William L. Burton.

Imprint New York : Fordham University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  973.74 B957m 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 2nd ed.
Description xvi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series The North's Civil War ; no. 4
North's Civil War ; no. 4.
Note Originally published: Ames : Iowa State University Press, 1988.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index.
Summary "Melting Pot Soldiers is the story of how immigrants responded to the drama of the Civil War. When the war began in 1861, there were, in most states in the North, large populations of immigrants (primarily from Western Europe) whose leaders were active in American politics at the local, state, and national level. A characteristic feature of the formation of the Union armies was the role played by politicians in the recruitment of the regiment, the basic unit of the army." "There were dozens of such regiments, mostly German and Irish, but also a Scandinavian unit, and there was an attempt to form a Scottish regiment. As the war progressed and casualties mounted, these regiments gradually lost their ethnic composition. Ethnic entrepreneurs were the key figures in the organization of these regiments, and such men ordinarily intended to parlay their military service into a post-war political career. Some succeeded; some lost their lives." "The book stresses the social and political situation in the Union states from which the phenomenon of the ethnic regiments emerged, the individual leaders involved, relationships with the larger society, political fighting within and between the various ethnic groups, and the impact the war had on the ethnics. Central to this book is the theme that the war promoted assimilation - something of a paradox given the creation of separate regiments. Most immigrant volunteers, by the way, served in regiments that were not of specific ethnicity."--Jacket.
Contents Prologue -- Ethic politics -- "The war is commenced" -- Recruiting the ethics -- The german regiments -- The irish regiments -- The others -- Song and story -- The ethnic factor -- "What then is the american, this new man?"
Subject United States. Army -- Minorities -- History -- 19th century.
United States. Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533532
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Immigrant.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
Immigrants -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Immigrants. (OCoLC)fst00967712
Military participation -- Immigrant. (OCoLC)fst01353729
Armed Forces -- Minorities. (OCoLC)fst00814612
Regimental histories. (OCoLC)fst01354209
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0823218287 (pbk.)
9780823218288 (pbk.)
0823218279 (hardcover)
9780823218271 (hardcover)

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