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Citizens More than Soldiers : The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic - Harry S. Laver

Citizens More than Soldiers

The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic

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Published: 1st December 2007
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Historians typically depict nineteenth-century militiamen as drunken buffoons who stumbled into crooked lines, poked each other with cornstalk weapons, and inevitably shot their commander in the backside with a rusty, antiquated musket. Citizens More than Soldiers demonstrates that, to the contrary, the militia remained an active civil institution in the early nineteenth century, affecting the era’s great social, political, and economic transitions. In fact, given their degree of community involvement, militiamen were more influential in Kentucky’s maturation than any other formal community organization. Citizens More than Soldiers reveals that the militia was not the atrophied remnant of the Revolution’s minutemen but an ongoing organization that maintained an important presence in American society. This study also shows that citizen-soldiers participated in their communities by establishing local, regional, and national identities, reinforcing the social hierarchy, advancing democratization and party politics, keeping the public peace, encouraging economic activity, and defining concepts of masculinity. A more accurate understanding of the militia’s contribution to American society extends our comprehension of the evolutionary processes of a maturing nation, showing, for example, how citizen-soldiers promoted nationalism, encouraged democratization, and maintained civil order. Citizens More than Soldiers is not a traditional military history of campaigns and battles but rather the story of citizen-soldiers and their contribution to the transformation of American society in the nineteenth century.

"This exceptional look into the non-military contributions of the post-Revolution militia to U.S. society is useful to any historian of the early republic or civil-military relations."-B. A. Wineman, Choice -- B. A. Wineman * Choice *
"Scholars and students of the American militia system will find this well organized and well written book to be an insightful and valuable addition to their professional libraries. Mr. Laver accomplishes his goal of interpreting the militia's impact on the early republic's growth. The arguments put forth widen the scope of existing studies and provide depth for the exploration of militia influences on local communities, politics, and masculinity today. Citizens More Than Soldiers is an excellent social history of a military subject."-Journal of Military History
* Journal of Military History *

List of Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Rethinking the Social Role of the Militiap. 1
The Hunters of Kentuckyp. 9
Public Gatherings and Social Orderp. 20
Stability and Security in a Time of Transitionp. 48
Proponents of Democracy and Partisanshipp. 66
A Refuge of Manhoodp. 98
Fighters, Protectors, and Menp. 128
Conclusion: Citizens More than Soldiersp. 144
Appendixp. 147
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780803229709
ISBN-10: 0803229704
Series: Studies in War, Society, and the Military
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43