Sex and the Civil War

Sex and the Civil War

Just released, Judith Giesberg’s Sex and the Civil War. This scholarly study offers a sharp and relevant history of pornography in the Civil War, its effects on soldiers, and how the federal government responded to the “moral crisis.” Provocative and informative, Giesberg challenges and changes the way we think about the Civil War and sexuality.

A perfect storm of antebellum legal, technological, and commercial developments, coupled with the concentration of men fed into armies, created a demand for, and a deluge of, pornography in the military camps. Illicit materials entered in haversacks, through the mail, or from sutlers; soldiers found pornography discarded on the ground, and civilians discovered it in abandoned camps.

Judith will be our guest on A House Divided on March 25. If you would like to read it now, we are happy to ship your copy. After the program airs, we will send a signed bookplate. If you’d like to wait, you can order now and get a signed book after the program. Either way, remember to watch on March 25 at Noon (Central).

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