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Civil War Wives: The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (Borzoi Books) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 8, 2009
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"Thoroughly fascinating. . . . belongs on the bookshelf of all Civil War enthusiasts, right next to the biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Mary Lincoln."— Jay Winik, author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval
"Using letters, books and other historical documents, Berkin paints a lively and empathetic picture of these women's lives."— St. Petersburg Times
"A well written, highly accessible exploration of marriage and the cult of true womanhood as it played out in the lives of three southern women. Berkin's fascinating case studies . . . reveal the complex interplay out in the lives of southern women of the Civil War era."— Civil War Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
History is often mute on the subject of women and how they view wars in their lifetimes. Ms. Berkin brought these women's voices alive.
I have to say that I really enjoyed getting to know each of these women in these pages. I would now think that Mrs. Weld is really the forerunner of the feminism movement that took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She and her sister were fighting hard in their days to allow their voices to be heard. They also balanced traditional housewifery chores alongside with raising kids and teaching their kids as well as other kids ... bringing the realities of housewifery as a lot of work back then across to the modern readers (I definitely appreciate my washer and dryer now!). It never occurred to them or to Mrs. Weld's husband, that there is a need for balancing the housework along with going on the lecture circuit among the three of them. It is an interesting biography to read.
Mrs. Davis is a strong woman tempered by her genteel upbringing where women are encouraged to think that their husbands are the mainstays of the household and yet she struggled with it since she was a very intelligent woman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book. I learned so much about these wonderful women. Very well written. A lot of information presented in a very understandable way.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read quite a few books about Civil War era women, and this is one of the most compelling. I especially enjoyed the Davis and Grant parts. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Grace
I really enjoyed this book! I read everything about the civit war and usually books focus on the men. Very interesting!Published on October 28, 2013 by Julie Lemieux
great book, great story's, all true, about the wives and there husbands who were generals, set back in the civil warPublished on October 17, 2013 by angle
As someone who likes to read history it is often nice to take a detour and read about the times that history took place. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Ulmer!