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Rules of Engagement: Civil War Courtship

In Rules of Engagement: Civil War Courtship Letters and the ‘Homefront Imaginary,’ Oberlin College Professor of History Carol Lasser draws on the correspondence of Oberlinians Giles Waldo Shurtleff and Mary E. Burton, as well as that of Elliott Grabill and Anna Jenney, and looks at the ways in which these young soldiers wrote to women on the homefront for emotional support as they built relationships beyond the battlefield that helped sustain them during the long conflict.

Carol LasserCarol Lasser, Professor of History at Oberlin College, has published on antislavery, race, women’s activism, Oberlin history, and teaching. Her books include: Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Political (2010); Friends and Sisters: Letters Between Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1846-1893 (1989); and Educating Men and Women Together (1987). In collaboration with the Oberlin College Archives she is currently working on “Digital American Feminisms,” a project to be integrated into her classes in 2014 and 2015.