Thursday, June 25, 2009
Home Front gallery
I also had the chance to visit the exhibit's Home Front gallery to learn more about the changing roles of women, African American slaves, and children. Many women became the heads of households, managed farms, and took over businesses once their husbands left to serve as troops. Some even took on jobs as cartridge rollers and assembled weapons for the war while others served as spies! Children's roles changed as well and their daily chores and other responsibilities increased as well. This exhibit panel discusses "Surviving Loss." Nearly every family, whether North or South, lost a family member or friend as a result of the war by 1864. Every day materials also found new uses! For example, did you know that carpet threads were used to replace yarn for socks and paper, normally used for letters or newspapers, was used as wallpaper? I learned so much today!