Northern Home Front


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  • In the North during the civil war, families were left on the home front while the men went off to fight in the war
  • Women's roles in society changed in the war. In the north, women had already been in included in industries like textiles, clothing and shoe making. With the war, there was a rise in employment for women in jobs ranging from government civil service and agricultural field work
  • When a war happens, there is always going to be the civilian that stays on the sidelines while the fighting goes on, but the war and those on the homefront will always be deeply connected to each other in some way or another.
  • Women took over businesses as much as they could while the men went off to war. They also too on nursing duties, and formed sewing and knitting groups, similar to what women in the south did.
  • It helped our nation by showing that woman could really help in the work force. The women of these times were pioneers in the start of gender rights and equality, and while there would still be struggles later on, it was really the women on the homefront who showed that they could help and that they could do more than just cook, clean and take care of the children.
  • July of 1863, drafts office were established to bring Irish workers, from New York, into the military. This resulted in mobs forming to protest and resist, and this lead to at least 74 people were killed over three days. But what’s interesting that the same troops who had fought at Gettysburg and defeated Lee, were deployed to keep order in New York.
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