Labors of Love

in War Stories

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226108629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226108643 | DOI:
Labors of Love

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This chapter examines the contributions of volunteers in alleviating the wartime sufferings of Union soldiers. It highlights women volunteers' selfless devotion to soldiers and describes how they lifted the moral and spirits of these soldiers by extending “golden cords of love” to the war zone. This chapter argues that sustaining men's attachments to the home front, these volunteer women saved the republic from militarism's corrupting potential: despondency on the one hand and brutality on the other.

Keywords: women volunteers; wartime sufferings; Union soldiers; selfless devotion; home front; militarism; despondency; brutality

Chapter.  12404 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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