Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War - Civil War America (Paperback)
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Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War - Civil War America (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 28/02/2019
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The Civil War brought many forms of upheaval to America, not only in waking hours but also in the dark of night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the minds of Americans in both the North and South. Sometimes their nightly visions brought the horrors of the conflict vividly to life. But for others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this innovative new study, Jonathan W. White explores what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans and what their dreams reveal about their experiences during the war. He shows how Americans grappled with their fears, desires, and struggles while they slept, and how their dreams helped them make sense of the confusion, despair, and loneliness that engulfed them.

White takes readers into the deepest, darkest, and most intimate places of the Civil War, connecting the emotional experiences of soldiers and civilians to the broader history of the conflict, confirming what poets have known for centuries: that there are some truths that are only revealed in the world of darkness.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469652085
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


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White's prodigious research, conveyed in clear, coherent prose, spotlights an underutilized resource for historians and enthusiasts to use in understanding the personal impact of the war and its effect on postwar lives.--America's Civil War


The quoted letters create a sense of intimacy with wartime lives that is eerie and intense, at times rivaling the highest achievements of art.--Pacific Standard


A vital addition to Civil War collections.--Library Journal


A wide-ranging and fascinating study. . . . Reminds us of the haunting effects war can (and does) have on its participants long after the fighting ends.--Lesley J. Gordon, Civil War Monitor


White is in the vanguard of young historians whose work brings a different, but vitally significant view of activities and events surrounding the Civil War.--Daily Press


Well illustrated throughout and deeply researched, Midnight in America brings that world much closer to our own.--North Carolina Historical Review


Midnight in America is a clear-sighted testament to the ways in which soldiers and loved ones at home alike willed themselves to "visit" in dreams, saw prophetic possibilities, and generally coped with psychological trauma.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


A testament to the continuing value of American studies.--The Journal of American History


White offers a detailed tapestry in seven chapters that emphasize soldiers' sleep deprivation, dream lives that tapped the rank and file's sexual anxieties and fear of battle, the dreams of home folk and of slaves and former slaves, the abundance of dreams prophesying death, dream images and illustrations in the print world, and the cultural hypertext that arose in the wake of Abraham Lincoln's presentiments about his own mortality.--American Historical Review

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