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Civil War Women II: Stories by and about Women
     

Civil War Women II: Stories by and about Women

by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor), Catherine Clinton (Introduction), Charles Waugh (Editor)
 
Wartime has always redefined gender roles, and few conflicts have demanded more of some than the Civil War. In this sequel to our 1988 release, Civil War Women, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Elsie Singmaster, and five other females writers portray women on both sides of the battlefield, playing for high stakes with the cards they are dealt. Whether they are

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Wartime has always redefined gender roles, and few conflicts have demanded more of some than the Civil War. In this sequel to our 1988 release, Civil War Women, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Elsie Singmaster, and five other females writers portray women on both sides of the battlefield, playing for high stakes with the cards they are dealt. Whether they are smuggling provisions to husbands in nearby regiments, shouldering arms, harboring injured runaway soldiers, or confronting the cowardice of men they thought they knew the women here discover reserves of grit and will that transform their lives forever.

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Gr 7 UpA collection of stories by or about women of the Civil War era. Louisa May Alcott's "The Blue and the Grey" is based on her experiences as a nurse during the war; similar in tone to a morality play, it features the interactions between two dying soldiers, one from the North and one from the South. Edith Wharton's "The Lamp of Psyche," one of her earliest published works, deals with questions of cowardice and how a newly married woman reacts to the news that her husband had shirked his duty. Among the other stories included is one by Elsie Singmaster, author of the classic A Boy at Gettysburg. All of the selections work together to give an interesting picture of women who lived during this period. This collection might be best read with an eye toward its literary merit rather than as a history book, but either way, it's a great tool for introducing some oft-overlooked female writers.Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874834871
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.50(d)

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