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Pauline Cushman: Spy of the Cumberland Hardcover – May 28, 2006
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Christen's diligence shows us a clearer picture of the legend and the person behind the curtain. --The Journal of Arizona History
A welcome contribution to scholarship about the historical roles of women, particularly in relation to the Civil War. It also is overdue recognition of a 19th-century personality who served the Union cause and went on to make a name for herself despite societal barriers that existed at the time. --Washington Times
The research is phenomenal. and I am extremely impressed with his breadth of knowledge of his subject, and with his sensitive, yet straightforward, treatment of her story. Most writers would have been content to accept the legend without question, or dismiss Pauline out of hand. Christen brings the real woman to life. --DeAnne Blanton, author, They Fought Like Demons
About the Author
Bill Christen is a retired automotive engineer who has spent the last twenty-five years engaged in research about the social and material culture of the nineteenth century. He was the publisher of The Watchdog, a quarterly journal for enactors and interpreters of the 1850 to 1875 time period. In the course of his work on the book, Bill and his wife, Glenna Jo, visited many of the scenes where Pauline s story unfolded.
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Christen is to be commended for undertaking the biography of a real and complex woman who experienced setbacks and financial struggles throughout her life. Leading a relatively nomadic life, the Major was an extremely unconventional woman for her time. Christen's book explores her obscure beginnings to her career on stage. He then takes his readers to the battlegrounds of the Civil War and to the dusty desolate territory of Arizona. The journey then continues from the wild frontier to her final days in San Francisco. In addition, Christen confronted the complicated task of exploring the relationships between the Major and those she left behind; and her unpleasant dependence on alcoholism and drug abuse.
Any reader interested in the historical roles of women will enjoy Christen's book Pauline Cushman as it chronicles the life of a unique lady whose spirit roams the stage by day and whose memory lingers like the crimson-tinted sky of an Arizona sunset.
It was very interesting to see Christen teasing the truth out of the legends. He supplies lots of detail about the process of finding documents, verifying claims, and so forth. It's a neat glimpse into the historian's art - gives you a clearer view of what the discipline of history itself is, neither revealed truth nor bunk, but the fruits of a painstaking and rational process. It's also a great look at the world around the 19th-century theater.