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Crete and James: Personal Letters of Lucretia and James Garfield

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Crete and James is a collection of letters exchanged by James A. Garfield and Lucretia Randolph Garfield during the mid-nineteenth century. Of the 1,200 or so letters written, the 300 included this work chronicle their courtship and marriage, and also discuss the Civil War, political affairs, and the details of daily life during the years 1853-1881. In them, we watch Crete grow from a shy girl into a self-confident woman who guides her husband in social and political matters. Through James’s flamboyant yet ...

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Overview

Crete and James is a collection of letters exchanged by James A. Garfield and Lucretia Randolph Garfield during the mid-nineteenth century. Of the 1,200 or so letters written, the 300 included this work chronicle their courtship and marriage, and also discuss the Civil War, political affairs, and the details of daily life during the years 1853-1881. In them, we watch Crete grow from a shy girl into a self-confident woman who guides her husband in social and political matters. Through James’s flamboyant yet scholarly style, and Lucretia’s detailed, perceptive insights, we come to know them as though they were our close friends. Through their correspondence, the reader also meets the many people involved in their lives. Crete and James will be of great interest to those studying women’s history.

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A collection of some 300 letters exchanged by James A. Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph Garfield during their courtship and marriage in the mid-19th century. Letters discuss the Civil War, political affairs, and the details of daily life during the years 1853-1881. Includes brief editorial comments by Shaw (English, Hiram College). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870133381
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shaw was emeritus professor of English at Hiram College.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
A Cast of Characters
Ch. 1 Courtship: The First Year, 1853-1854 1
Ch. 2 Courtship: The Second Year, 1855-1856 43
Ch. 3 Marriage and the Ohio Senate, 1856-1861 80
Ch. 4 The Civil War, 1861-September 1862 118
Ch. 5 The Civil War, Washington, Chickamaugua, and Congress, 1862-1863 156
Ch. 6 "The Shadows Passed," January 1864-December 1865 199
Ch. 7 Washington and Hiram, 1866-1869 229
Ch. 8 1870-September 1872 262
Ch. 9 The Credit Mobilier, the Salary Grab and the California Trip, 1872-1875 286
Ch. 10 Spring 1876-June 1879 324
Ch. 11 The Final Two Years, September 1879-September 1881 360
Bibliography 393
Index 395
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