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Civil War wives : the lives and times of Angelina Grimké Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant

Author: Carol Berkin
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Series: Vintage Civil War library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage Civil War Library edView all editions and formats
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In the life stories of three "accidental heroes"--Women whose marriages provided them with position and perspective they would not otherwise have had--one of the nation's premier historians offers a unique understanding of the tumultuous social and political landscape of their time.
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
History
Named Person: Angelina Emily Grimké; Angelina Emily Grimké; Varina Davis; Varina Davis; Julia Dent Grant; Julia Dent Grant; Varina Davis; Julia Dent Grant; Angelina Emily Grimké
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Berkin
ISBN: 9781400095780 1400095786
OCLC Number: 503042151
Description: xiv, 361 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
Contents: Angelina Grimké Weld. "We are a nation of changes": America at the crossroads in the 1830s --
"I think much suffering awaits me": Angelina Grimké's journey to reform --
"Make me instrumental in the great work of emancipation": Angelina Grimké's letter to The liberator --
"This is all like a dream now; but I can't undream it": Angelina becomes an abolitionist --
"I laid my difficulty at the feet of Jesus": The burden of being a woman --
"You have had my whole heart": A season of surprises --
"We abolition women are turning the world upside down": Triumphs and retirement --
"I cannot tell thee how I love this private life": Angelina and domesticity --
"Innumerable, horrible, unspeakable, earthy, sensual and devilish distortions of married life": The crisis years at home --
This is not an in memoriam, it is a war-cry": The last years of Angelina Grimké. Varina Howell Davis. "The happy fireside": The deep South before the Civil War --
From the briars to the hurricane: Varina Banks Howell and Jefferson Davis --
"The desire I have to be with you every day and all day": The courtship of Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell --
"Calmer, discreeter, happier & lovelier": The months at Brierfield --
"How grand and blasé the people all looked": The first Washington experience --
"The heart at last, if it is well governed, makes the heaven": War, injury, and domestic discord --
"The Southern rights cause is the losing one now": The return to Washington, D.C. --
"We felt blood in the air": Personal and public tragedies --
"Everybody is scared": John Brown, the fire eaters, Lincoln, and secession --
"Civil war has only horror for me": Varina becomes the first lady of the Confederacy --
"The people of our country rose in their might": From first lady to refugee --
"I never report unfit for duty": Varina begins her campaigns for freedom --
"I saw Mr. Davis's shrunken form and glassy eyes": The reunion at Fortress Monroe --
"The business is finished": Jefferson Davis goes free --
"Our once happy homes": Varina's postwar odyssey --
"In the course of human events I shall probably go down to Mr. Davis's earthly paradise": Separation and reconciliation --
"Other refuge have we none": Life and death at Beauvoir --
"Her conversation is superlatively interesting": Varina's years of independence. Julia Dent Grant. The winds of change, the shelter of tradition --
"One long summer of sunshine": Growing up in Missouri --
"But one sweetheart in his life": The courtship of Julia Dent Grant --
"His loving little wife": Creating a home and starting a family --
"Cheer up, make the best of this": The return to civilian life --
"As I was a Democrat at that time": The opportunities of war --
"The horrid old Constitution": Julia's personal war --
"If your mind is made up": Marital relations in wartime --
"There will be an outbreak tonight": Victory and assassination --
"What shouts went up!": A hero and his wife --
"Ulys, do you wish to be President?": The early White House years --
"Nice people, questionable people, and people who were not nice at all": Weddings and scandals in the White House --
"A waif on the world's wide common": Julia becomes a world traveler --
"Do you not desire success?": From politics to poverty --
"Warmed in the sunlight of his loyal love and great fame": Julia becomes a widow --
"Living again, with the aid of my fancy and my pen": Julia Dent Grant writes her memoirs.
Series Title: Vintage Civil War library.
Responsibility: Carol Berkin.

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