Civil War Wives by Carol Berkin
The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (Borzoi Books)

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  In these moving stories if Angelina Grimké Weld, wife of abolitionist Theodore Weld, Varina Howell Davis, wife of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, and Julia Dent grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant, Carol Berkin reveals how women understood the cataclysmic events of their day.  Their stories, taken together, help reconstruct the era of the Civil War with a greater depth and complexity by adding women's experiences and voices to their male counterparts.

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About Carol Berkin

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Carol Berkin is a professor of American History at Baruch College and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written five scholarly books and contributed to several collections of articles and textbooks. Berkin was a commentator for the A&E series Founding Fathers and Founding Brothers, as well as a commentator for the PBS documentary, Benjamin Franklin. She lives in New York City.
Published August 22, 2009 by Vintage. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Indeed, as Berkin emphasizes in this probing sociological portrait, all three women “had access to the seats of power but no power themselves.” Berkin once again provides a fresh perspective on women in American history.

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Christian Science Monitor

The lives of three prominent Civil War-era women illustrate the drama that took place off the battlefield.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Though they held no political power themselves, all three had access to power and unique perspectives on events of their time.

Angelina Grimké Weld, after a painful internal dialogue, renounced the values of her Southern family’s way of life and embraced the antislavery movement, but found...

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All three grew up in rich, slave-owning families in the South, but one rejected slavery outright, another was on the side of the war that ended it, and only Howell lived on a plantation as an adult.

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