I'm looking for a Civil War biography of a common man/woman for undergrads

I assign a short biography of Abraham Lincoln in my course that covers 1848-1877, and I would like to assign a short biography of a common man or woman who lived through the war (they don't have to have survived it). So no generals, leaders or other famous folks.

It needs to be less than 250 pages and a good book for undergrads. I want to use it as an example of social history v. great man history, but I want a biography

In the News: Civil War Monuments

Civil War symposium on monuments considers "America's Most Honored Traitor" and some "Modest Proposals"

By KATHERINE CALOS Richmond Times-Dispatch
Feb 25, 2017

What did it mean then — and now?

What, if anything, do we do about it?

Some answers were suggested Saturday in the annual Civil War Symposium organized by the American Civil War Museum and held at the Library of Virginia.

1850s readings for UG course

I teach an upper-level undergraduate course that covers 1848-1877 and I would like to ask for suggestions for books on the 1850s that you have assigned to undergraduates that confront sectional controversies in some way, and is less than 250 pages. I have a predilection for legal issues, but I am wide open as to topic. If you have had good experience in class with such a book, please post. Thanks.

You can also contact me directly at przybyszewski.1@nd.edu

Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships

Application deadline: March 1, 2017.

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Approximately twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.


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