LAVER, Harry S.
Title: Citizens More than Soldiers : The Kentucky Militia and Society in the EarlyRepublic. First Edition in dustjacket..
Publisher:  University of Nebraska Press,, Lincoln & London, 2007, ISBN:9780803229709
Seller ID: 115363
LAVER, Harry S. Citizens More than Soldiers : The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic. Lincoln & London : University of Nebraska Press,(2007). First Edition. In the Studies in War, Society, and the Military se ries. "Historians typically depict nineteenth-century militiamen as drunkenbuffoons 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 eras great social, political, and economic transitions. In fact, given their degree of community involvement, militiamen were more influential in Kentuckys maturation than any other formal community organization. Citizens More than Soldiers reveals that the militia was not the atrophied remnant of the Revolutions 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 publicpeace, encouraging economic activity, and defining concepts of masculinity . A more accurate understanding of the militias contribution to American society extends our comprehension of the evolutionary processes of a maturingnation, showing, for example, how citizen-soldiers promoted nationalism, e ncouraged 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." from the jacket. 1. Rethinking the Social Role of the Militia -- 2. The Hunters of Kentucky -- 3. Public gatherings and social order -- 4. Stability and Security in a Time of Transition -- 5. Proponents of Democracy and Partnership -- 6. A Refuge of Manhood -- 7. Fighters, Protectors, and Men -- Conclusion: Citizens more than Soldiers. With appendix, notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00