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In the midst of alarms : the untold story of women and the War of 1812

Author: Dianne Graves
Publisher: [Montreal] : Robin Brass Studio, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the lives of women who experienced the War of 1812, describing early 19th century in North America: courtship, marriage, domestic life, childbirth, employment, fashion and clothing, cooking and gardening. Also chronicles lives of women whose men were in uniform.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianne Graves
ISBN: 9781896941523 1896941524 9781896941684 1896941680
OCLC Number: 165870757
Description: xv, 495 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: "A terrible commotion" : war comes to North America --
"The faithful wife, without debate" : The Woman's world in 1812. Picture essay : What to wear? Women's clothing --
"Maidens here are sweetly singing" : Love, courtship, marriage and dangerous liaisons --
"For their work continueth" : gainful employment --
"A stirring and restless life" : Army officer's ladies --
"Their fate unpitied, and unheard their name" : Soldier's wives and women --
"The lass that loves a sailor" : naval wives and women --
"The sensations of a wife, and mother in times such as these" : binding ties and keeping in touch --
"The windings of the mazy dance" : high society --
"Vicissitudes and commotions" : women and the war in the Northern theatre --
"The anguish of such hours" : the Atlantic and Gulf coasts --
"Boldly I did fight ... although I'm but a wench" : women as combatants, agents, and prisoners of war --
"Worthless is the laurel steeped in female tears" : privations, poverty, bereavement and crime --
"The blessings of peace" : the end of the war and afterwards --
"A chaplet of unfading laurels" : the fates of women and men. Chronology : major events of the War of 1812 --
"Peach trees of a very fine kind" : extracts from the Garden book of Catherine Claus --
"Dry whortleberries scattered in, will make it better" : recipes from the time of the War of 1812 --
Joseph Willcocks : the inner man. The diet of a prosperous North American family in the early Nineteenth century --
"Every virtue and every excellence" : extracts from A father's legacy to his daughters.
Responsibility: Dianne Graves ; foreword by Donald R. Hickey.

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Examines the lives of women who experienced the War of 1812, describing early 19th century in North America: courtship, marriage, domestic life, childbirth, employment, fashion and clothing, cooking and gardening. Also chronicles lives of women whose men were in uniform.

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