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Kate Chase and William Sprague : politics and gender in a Civil War marriage

Author: Peg A Lamphier
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The marriage of Kate Chase to William Sprague inaugurated the most publicized union and divorce of the Civil War era. Katherine "Kate" Chase was the daughter of Salmon P. Chase, a leading antislavery politician and member of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
History
Named Person: Kate Chase Sprague; William Sprague; Salmon P Chase; Salmon P Chase; Kate Chase Sprague; William Sprague
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peg A Lamphier
ISBN: 080322947X 9780803229471
OCLC Number: 51647835
Description: x, 315 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Before they met: family life in the mid-nineteenth century, 1830-1861 --
"My former self has lost its identity": The courtship and weeding, 1861-1863 --
No future brighter: Braving the perils of marriage and reconstruction politics, 1863-1868 --
No future brighter: braving the perils of marriage and reconstruction politics, 1863-1868 --
"Argument and pertinacity": the difficult years, 1868-1873 --
The beginning of the end: domestic infidelities and family life, 1874-1878 --
"Whiskey, economy and disregarded wishes": The Narragansett affair, domestic abuse, and state politics, 1879 --
"Extreme cruelty and gross misbehavior": divorce and politics, 1800 --
"Baleful grief and bitter bread": surviving divorce in the gilded age, 1881-1915.
Responsibility: Peg A. Lamphier.
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Investigates the social history of a nineteenth-century marriage and provides important insight about how gender played a central role in the political history of the time.  Read more...

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"An intriguing biography of the marriage of Kate Chase, the belle of Washington, ' and William Sprague, the Rhode Island governor and senator."-Journal of Southern History

 
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