By Cokie Roberts
During this engrossing and informative significant other to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil battle via supplying a riveting examine Washington, D.C. and the stories, impression, and contributions of its girls in this momentous interval of yankee history.
With the outbreak of the Civil warfare, the small, social Southern city of Washington, D.C. chanced on itself stuck among warring aspects in a four-year conflict that will be certain the way forward for the United States.
After the announcement of secession, many desirable Southern ladies left the town, leaving their friends—such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee—to grapple with safety issues and sanitation because the capital used to be reworked into a massive Union military camp and later a clinic. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to conflict, both at the battlefield or within the halls of Congress, the ladies of Washington joined the reason besides. And extra ladies went to the Capital urban to enlist as nurses, offer organizers, aid employees, and newshounds. Many risked their lives making munitions in a hugely flammable arsenal, toiled on the Treasury division printing dollars to finance the conflict, and plied their needlework abilities on the army Yard—once the only real province of men—to stitch canvas gunpowder luggage for the troops.
Cokie Roberts chronicles those women's expanding independence, their political empowerment, their imperative function in holding the Union unified in the course of the warfare, and in aiding heal it as soon as the combating was once performed. She concludes that the struggle not just replaced Washington, it additionally ceaselessly replaced where of women.
Sifting via newspaper articles, executive files, and personal letters and diaries—many by no means ahead of published—Roberts brings the war-torn capital into concentration throughout the lives of its bold girls.
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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 by Cokie Roberts