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First lady of the Confederacy : Varina Davis's Civil War

Author: Joan E Cashin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this first academic biography of Jefferson Davis's wife, Varina, Cashin (Ohio State Univ.) presents an engaging look at the Confederacy's first lady, who surprisingly did not believe in the Southern cause. Much of the book, however, focuses on Davis's life after the Civil War, when she struggled to support her penniless husband and later managed her own survival as a widow for over 25 years. Varina Davis drew  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Cashin, Joan E.
First lady of the Confederacy.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607766247
Named Person: Varina Davis; Jefferson Davis; Jefferson Davis; Varina Davis; Varina H Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan E Cashin
ISBN: 0674022947 9780674022942
OCLC Number: 64625034
Description: 403 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Half breed --
This Mr. Davis --
Flattered and courted --
First lady --
No matter what danger there was --
Holocausts of herself --
Run with the rest --
Threadbare great folks --
Topic of the day --
Crowd of sorrows --
Fascinating failures --
The girdled tree --
Delectable city (New York City) --
Like Martha --
At peace.
Responsibility: Joan E. Cashin.

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Presents a biography of a modern, but deeply conflicted, woman: Varina Howell Davis. Pro-slavery but also pro-Union, Varina Davis was inhibited by her role as Confederate First Lady and unable to  Read more...

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Cashin presents an engaging look at the Confederacy's first lady, who surprisingly did not believe in the Southern cause.--B. A. Wineman"Choice" (05/01/2007)

 
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The reluctant president's wife

by vannmom (WorldCat user published 2007-10-12) Very Good Permalink
This book was very interesting with insights into a woman's life during a very difficult time in history. Having "yankee" roots, Varina found it difficult to support her husband and his decisions regarding the war. A very well educated woman, she was unable to offer her opinions.This book was not very...
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