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Q: Lifestyles of Americans in 1860's ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Lifestyles of Americans in 1860's
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: eight-ga
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Posted: 13 Apr 2004 20:32 PDT
Expires: 13 May 2004 20:32 PDT
Question ID: 329882
What was the lifestyle of the average American during the Civil War? 
What did Americans eat and drink?  What was the workweek like?  What
type of medical attention was available?  What was the most common
cause of death?  What was the average lifespan of an American during
the 1860's?

I don't need specific answers to any one of these subquestions, I am
looking for articles and references that discuss life in America in
the 1860s, and how the average American lived.
Subject: Re: Lifestyles of Americans in 1860's
Answered By: larre-ga on 14 Apr 2004 06:36 PDT
Thanks for asking.

My research has located the following sites and articles related to
your query. I've organized them into categories, roughly based on the
areas you mentioned in your query. Sources vary from modern articles
on historical subjects, to primary source documents by people of the

General References / Home Life

Could you survive the 1860's? - offers an educational
quiz about life in 1860.

US Civil War Center - Homefront Links

Women and the Civil War - Primary Source Documents

Love Letters of the Civil War

Women of the Civil War

Nineteenth-Century American Children & What They Read

19th Century Cult of the Lady

The Southern Homefront 1861-1865

Life in a Sod House

Further References

Making of America
University of Michigan Digital Library Text Collection of Primary
Source books and journals. Many in digital image format.

Small Town America Stereoscopic Views 1850-1920

Stereoscopic images from the Tri-State Region on New York, New Jersey,
and Connecticut, going back to the 1850's.

By Locality

Ann Arbor and the Civil War 1860-1879

The Only Complete History of the Mayors of Buffalo, NY - 1860's

Stories from the 1860's - Cherokee County Alabama

Some Facts about Post Civil War Era in Indiana

The Leatherman

The Civil War in Montana

Augusta County in the 1860's

North Georgia's Home Front

Corvallis Oregon 1851-1868 - Select the appropriate categories/eras
from the left-hand menu. Categories include Development, Commercial
Activity, Transportation, Industry, Building, Agriculture,
Communication, Education, Religion, Diversity, Social Organizations,

Underground Railroad in Litchfield Connecticut

Fight from the Home Front/Hoosier Home Life During the Civil War

Wisconsin Stories - The Civil War at Home

Travel in the 1850's and 1860's

A Boys Experience in the Civil War

Life in Confederate Arkansas


19th Century Diseases

From Quackery to Bacteriology: 
The Emergence of Modern Medicine in 19th Century America

Old Fashioned Medicine

Medicine in the Civil War

Patent Medicine Advertisement

Civil War Medicine: An Overview

Fashion / Clothing

Victorian Fashions 1850's-1860's

Women's Civil War Fashions

Victorian Furniture


1860's Foods

1860's Victorian Kitchen

Southern Food History

Demographics and Statistics

Life Expectancy by Age 1850 - 2000

The Longevity Meme

Readers Companion to American History
Fertility and Mortality Rates

Historical Census Data/Browser

Various Statistics in the following categories: Agriculture, Churches,
Education and Literacy, General Population Characteristics,
Manufacturing, Race and Place of Birth, Taxation and Property

Historical Census Data 1860

Historical Census Data 1870

Measuring America - The Decennial Census from 1790-2000

This is an extremely large .pdf document (150 pages) that offers a
history of the US Census, including copies of original census
questionnaires from 1790 to present.

US Census Bureau - Measuring America

Google Search Terms

food history american 1860's
1860's transportation
"civil war era"
1860's household 
"home life" 1860..1870
fashions 1860's
1860's "medical practice"
food 1860..1870
1860's medicine history
1860's medicine
leading "cause of death" "19th century" OR "civil war era"
mortality rates 1860 US

I hope you find these referrals useful. Should you have any questions
about the links provided, please, feel free to ask for clarification.

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