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Civil War Humor

Cameron C. Nickels

Abstract

This book examines the various forms of comedic popular artifacts produced in America from 1861 to 1865, and looks at how wartime humor was created, disseminated, and received by both sides of the conflict. Song lyrics, newspaper columns, sheet music covers, illustrations, political cartoons, fiction, light verse, paper dolls, printed envelopes, and penny dreadful—from and for the Union and the Confederacy—are analyzed at length. The book argues that the war coincided with the rise of inexpensive mass printing in the United States and thus subsequently with the rise of the country’s widely dis ... More

Keywords: comedic popular artifacts, wartime humor, song lyrics, newspaper columns, sheet music covers, political cartoons, light verse, paper dolls, printed envelopes, penny dreadful

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737479
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737479.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cameron C. Nickels, author