Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War

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About the Book

The conclusion of America’s Civil War set off an ongoing struggle as a fractured society suffered the psychological consequences of four years of destruction, deprivation and distrust. Veterans experienced climbing rates of depression, suicide, mental illness, crime, and alcohol and drug abuse. Survivors, leery of conventional medicine and traditional religion, sought out quacks and spiritualists as cult memberships grew. This book provides a comprehensive account of the war-weary fighting their mental demons.

About the Author(s)

R. Gregory Lande is an independent history scholar whose military and medical experiences guide his research. The author of numerous articles and books, he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

R. Gregory Lande
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6737-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2694-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

One—Sadness and Suicide 13

Two—A Loss of Faith 39

Three—Promising Much and Delivering Little 76

Four—Intemperance 99

Five—Carnival of Crime 123

Six—Pretentious Panaceas 170

Seven—Return of Reason 193

Chapter Notes 209

Bibliography 225

Index 239