Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Robert Young


Children’s history has long been overlooked, but this has recently started to change. The American Civil War changed the lives of children in countless ways. Through an in-depth study of how young people lived before, during and after the War it is possible to learn how the War changed the lives of the children involved as well as those of later generations. This study of children (black and white, male and female, northern and southern) was completed through the use of diaries, memoirs and other historical studies. This paper demonstrates how some of the effects on children were to be expected such as: the death of parents; loss of property; disruption of family life; and living in a constant state of fear. Other effects were unexpected such as: changes in economic and social status, changes in the way education was seen, and the acceptability of women not to marry.



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