Our Young Folks
Stirring, popular stories circulated widely during the war, bringing tales of combat into the homes of readers of many ages. The books here, all published between 1862 and 1865, celebrated young girls who inspired soldiers, extolled the camaraderie of young men at war, and exalted the honor of dying for a cause. The image of “The Color Bearer” waving a banner in Our Young Folks, an illustrated magazine for children, romantically glorifies the storming of a fortress. The cover of War Life, by contrast, depicts a peaceful scene of male domesticity in the field, while Dora Darling, wearing a bloomer outfit associated with feminist rebellion, performs a nurturing act that would have reassured readers of her underlying domestic instincts.