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Capital dames : the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848-1868

Roberts, Cokie. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library E 628 .R634 2015 30775305490485 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062002761
  • ISBN: 0062002767
  • ISBN: 9780062002778
  • ISBN: 0062002775
  • ISBN: 9780062199287
  • Physical Description: print
    x, 494 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]

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General Note: Map on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-492).
Formatted Contents Note: Meet the women of Washington, 1848-1856 -- Jessie runs for president but Harriet takes the White House and Mary Jane reports, 1856-1858 -- Varina leads and leaves as Abby drops by, 1859-1861 -- Rose goes to jail, Jessie goes to the White House, Dorothea goes to work, 1861 -- Rose is released, Clara goes to war, Louisa May briefly nurses, 1862 -- Lizzie reports on the action, Janet goes to camp, Louisa takes charge, 1863 -- Anna speaks, Jessie campaigns (again), Sojourner visits, 1864 -- One Mary leaves, one Mary hangs, and Lois writes about it all, 1865 -- Virginia and Varina return, Sara survives, Mary is humiliated, Kate loses, 1866-1868.
Summary, etc.: With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern town of Washington, D.C. found itself caught between warring sides in a four-year battle that would determine the future of the United States. After the declaration of secession, many fascinating Southern women left the city, leaving their friends -- such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee -- to grapple with questions of safety and sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp and later a hospital. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to war, either on the battlefield or in the halls of Congress, the women of Washington joined the cause as well. And more women went to the Capital City to enlist as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers, and journalists. Many risked their lives making munitions in a highly flammable arsenal, toiled at the Treasury Department printing greenbacks to finance the war, and plied their needlework skills at The Navy Yard -- once the sole province of men -- to sew canvas gunpowder bags for the troops. Sifting through newspaper articles, government records, and private letters and diaries -- many never before published -- Roberts brings the war-torn capital into focus through the lives of its formidable women.
Subject: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Women
Washington (D.C.) History Civil War, 1861-1865
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Biography
Women Washington (D.C.) Biography
Politicians' spouses Washington (D.C.) Biography
Women Political activity United States History 19th century
United States History 1815-1861 Biography
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) Biography
Women United States History 19th century

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Capital Dames : The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
Capital Dames : The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
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Capital Dames : The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868


In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history. With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern town of Washington, D.C. found itself caught between warring sides in a four-year battle that would determine the future of the United States. After the declaration of secession, many fascinating Southern women left the city, leaving their friends--such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee--to grapple with questions of safety and sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp and later a hospital. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to war, either on the battlefield or in the halls of Congress, the women of Washington joined the cause as well. And more women went to the Capital City to enlist as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers, and journalists. Many risked their lives making munitions in a highly flammable arsenal, toiled at the Treasury Department printing greenbacks to finance the war, and plied their needlework skills at The Navy Yard--once the sole province of men--to sew canvas gunpowder bags for the troops. Cokie Roberts chronicles these women's increasing independence, their political empowerment, their indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war, and in helping heal it once the fighting was done. She concludes that the war not only changed Washington, it also forever changed the place of women. Sifting through newspaper articles, government records, and private letters and diaries--many never before published--Roberts brings the war-torn capital into focus through the lives of its formidable women.
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