Essay on A Women's Perspective of the Civil War

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For a long time, the Civil War was the most glorified and “cleaned for the purpose of propaganda” conflict in world history. The war was fought between celebrated generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, whose armies fought for grand and noble principles and were never guilty of any of the heinous war crimes perpetrated by other armies. The inclination to depict the Civil War in this glorified manner strengthened over time until the process of converting the Civil War from hell on earth to a sacred cause systematically destroyed the anguish that the war created. The war the women on both sides of the conflict experienced underwent a comparable change because it reminded the victims of their suffering. Unfortunately, some historians…show more content…
Although some historians may argue that Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies was over-researched, her twenty-four page bibliography of primary sources implies remarkable meticulousness in her research method. Modern colonial historians have done notable work, but few can match Spruill’s grasp of primary sources.

In a few areas, modern students and historians run into problems with Spruill’s work. In the 1930s, it was not a common, or even uncommon, practice for white historians to study slavery from the slaves’ points of view. Spruill was a product of her time,

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