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The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lowry presents a surprisingly candid yet good-natured look at some of the less savory activities of our gallant ancestors, including "self-pollution," premarital sex (35 percent of brides were pregnant in 1760, 25 percent during the Civil War), abortion (the end result of perhaps 20 percent of all pregnancies in the 1860s), prostitution, even pornography. One of the most interesting chapters describes the fortunes and heroism of several of the estimated 500 to 1,000 women who served in combat disguised as men -- some never unmasked until their deaths, either in battle or decades after the war!
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   19th century History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army    -   Navy Nationality?    -   American--General Specific war?    -   Civil War (US)

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Northeast    -   Deep South If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   4 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   7 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   4 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   4 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   eccentric personalities    -   Dry-cynical Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Minor characters feature lots of:    -   doctors    -   criminals    -   military    -   lawyer creatures    -   prostitutes    -   politicians    -   businessmen    -   blue collar types Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Length of book    -   150-200 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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