Description of Categories
Included in this category are biographies and autobiographies
written both before and after the Civil War. While the titles
cover a range of subjects, highlights include slave
narratives, biographies and autobiographies of women, and an
assortment of travel narratives.
This category includes fiction and poetry written both
before and after the Civil War.
Slavery and its Effects
The documents in this categrory reflect the pre-Civil War
debate over the ethics of slavery; voices both in favor of
and opposed to slavery are represented. In addition, this
category includes documents published after the Civil War
that address the effects of Reconstruction on the former
Religion in the South
Included in this category are documents related to Southern
Religion both before and after the Civil War. Notably, much
of the material here details the history of
African-American churches in the South.
The Civil War
Confederate imprints form a large portion of the digitized
texts taken from the Rare Book Collection. Due to the large
volume, all documents printed between 1861 and 1865 have
been further subdivided as follows:
- Documents in this category reflect the wide
range of concerns related to business and industry that
developed during the Civil War. Although this category
includes some documents issued by the Confederacy, most
relate to a few specific categories--railroads, currency
issues, or the economies of specific cities in the South.
- --Government Documents of the Confederate States of
- Within this category are documents produced by the
Confederate States of America. The vast majority of these
documents are records of the proceedings of the Congress of
the Confederate States including both general proceedings
and bills passed by either the House or the Senate. Also
included in this category are documents issued by specific
committees or other government offices including the
Beaureau of Conscription, the Treasury, and the War
Department. Many of these documents overlap with other
categories; however, any document officially issued by the
Confederate States of America will be categorized as a
- From children's spelling books to
publications of the universities of the South, this
category includes any documents specifically related to
education and the development of children.
- This category features both fiction and
poetry published during the Civil War.
- This category features documents related to medicine published during the Civil War.
- Featured in this section are documents
produced during the Civil War that do not fall within any
of the other categories.
- During the Civil War, one of the most
turbulent historical periods in the history of the United
States, political opinions covered a tremendous range. This
category reflects that diversity. Included here are
writings and speeches both in favor of and opposed to
abolition. However, there are also a number of documents
that address other political issues relevant during the
time--the right to secede and the right of the government
to draft soldiers. This category also includes a wide
variety of political speeches.
- This category offers a selection of sermons
and tracts as well as the proceedings of different
denominations within the church in the South.
- --Military Life
- Most of the documents in this category are publications by
religious organizations that directly address Confederate
soldiers. Included in the selection are tracts, Bibles, and
prayer books. In addition to religious documents, this
category includes treatises on the soldiers' duties to
their country and accounts of the lives of specific
soldiers within the Confederate Army.
- --State Documents
- This category consists primarily of journals
recording the proceedings of the state governments.
Particularly well represented are the governments of
Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Also
included in this category are speeches by governors of the
different states, state constitutions, and any other
official documents issued by the states.