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Delia Godric
09-26-2006, 07:12 AM
What books/articles/etc do you consider to be the cannon for mid-19th century reenacters?

I think we may all agree on these:
WWW Ė Who Wore What by Juanita Leisch
An Introduction to Civil War Civilians by Juanita Leisch
Vickiís Bettís Newspaper Research - http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts
Godeyís Ladyís Book. Philadelphia, 1850-1865.
Petersonís Magazine 1850-1865
Harperís Weekly and Harperís Monthly 1850-1865


My personal must reads:
Kennedy, Joseph C.G. Agriculture of the United States in 1860; Compiled From the Original Returns of the Eighth Census. Washington, United States. Census Office ,1865. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AFP3693.0001.00
Kennedy, Joseph C.G. Population of the United States in 1860; Compiled From the Original Returns of the Eighth Census. Washington, United States. Census Office ,1865. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AJB5452.0001.001
Kennedy, Joseph C.G. Manufactures of the United States in 1860; Compiled From the Original Returns of the Eighth Census. Washington, United States. Census Office. 1865. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AJB5453.0001.001
Penny, Virginia. The Employments of Women: a Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Company, 1863. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AEB1163.0001.001.


What sources would you add to cover domestic culture, society, clothing, fabric, skills & accomplishments, and so on?


Anna Worden

LadyReb
09-26-2006, 07:36 AM
Any diary or journal I can find. I especially like to read the diaries and journals written by the common woman.

Evelyn Rard

Joanna
09-26-2006, 10:31 PM
The book "60 Miles from Contentment - Traveling the 19th Century Interior" by M H Dunlop http://tinyurl.com/ecrvr was recommended to me just a few weeks ago (I'm sorry, I can't remember who it was! but thank you!!!!). It is a wonderful compilation of observations about citizens in the midwest US in the middle of the century, their habits, thoughts and behaviors, done mostly by travelers from other countries. I literally absorbed it every waking moment for several days, and it has given me a completely different perspective on how my alternate self might have behaved and thought, and what motivations drove people. If you click on the URL above, there is a very comprehensive review down towards the bottom of the page. It is going to be required reading for our group.
Joanna Jones

RebeccaMI
09-27-2006, 06:37 PM
I just added these to my wish list on Amazon. Bizzilizzit posted them in another post. I haven't read them but they sound interesting and helpful.

Women in the Civil War: Extraordinary Stories of Soldiers, Spies, Nurses, Doctors, Crusaders, and Others
by Larry G. Eggleston (Author) 2003


Amazing Women of the Civil War : Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference
by Webb Garrison (Author) 1999


Those Courageous Women of the Civil War
by Karen Zeinert 1998


Women of the War: Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice : True Stories of Brave Women in the Civil War
by Frank Moore (Author) 1997

bizzilizzit
09-27-2006, 06:49 PM
I just added these to my wish list on Amazon. Bizzilizzit posted them in another post. I haven't read them but they sound interesting and helpful.


Just an FYI - I posted these volumes to aid someone who wished to find readable accounts of Northern & Southern women for his high school students. I selected these because they are easily available, aren't huge books, and are reasonably priced.
I rarely read "compiled" literature anymore, unless it is published before 1900. I stick mostly to original diaries, journals, period novels, CW newspapers, and "official" reports these days. These would not have been practical for a teacher's needs as they are rare and expensive.
Elizabeth

MrsArmstrong
09-28-2006, 07:08 AM
Library, library, library...also inter-library loans! Our local library also has book sales and I've picked up some great reference books for under $5.

If you're interested this group is wonderful;
http://womenandthecivilwar.org/ , great resources, conferences and networking opportunities!

Keep your eyes out at flea markets, secondhand book stores, garage sales, thrift stores and local book sales by private groups are excellent places to find good buys on books, old, new and reprints.

On-line specialty merchants that specialize in this period.
http://www.raggedsoldier.com/ carry books amoung many other items!

Some sections you may want to haunt are;
Gender studies
Art books
Crafts-I've found in some modern craft books pictures of originals and histories albiet the modern adaptations of the item are usually not period correct.
Collections - this is great for "stuff" ;)
History-American, Civil War
Cook books
Religion
I make lists, lists, lists of books I want...eventually...they appear at the most unusual times and I luck out many times.

I love this one! http://www.bookfinder.com/

Almost forgot...back issues of reenactor related magazines as some are out of print but show up now and then at events!!!
Here is a magazine http://civilwarhistorian.com/
Have fun learning.

Carolann Schmitt
09-28-2006, 08:12 AM
What sources would you add to cover domestic culture, society, clothing, fabric, skills & accomplishments, and so on?

Anna Worden

I began compiling a list like this several years ago; it's now 20 pages long - divided by subject - and gets updated periodically as I find new books. I'd be happy to share a copy with anyone who's interested. I can send it as a Word or PDF file.