NPS Primary Theme: The extreme demands of wartime industry and the loss of traditional family breadwinners to military service caused hardship, but also presented opportunities to women for employment, volunteerism, and activism that previously had been unavailable to them. While many of these gains would be temporary, the Civil War nonetheless represents an important step forward in American society’s view of the role of women.
- NPS Subtheme: With male family members off to war, women were sometimes required to serve the traditionally male roles of protector, manager, negotiator, care-giver, and counselor. As the war progressed, women were increasingly seen (and saw themselves) as the foundation of the respective war efforts—sustainers of the will to fight. On the other hand, recent scholarship suggests that the burdens women, especially in the South, faced such intense hardships, they implored their soldier husbands to desert.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.