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The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889
     

The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889

by Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas
 

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The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas, who was born to wealth and privilege and reared in the tradition of the southern belle, tells of the hard days of war and the poverty brought on by

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The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas, who was born to wealth and privilege and reared in the tradition of the southern belle, tells of the hard days of war and the poverty brought on by emancipation and Reconstruction. Her entries illuminate experiences shared with thousands of other southern women.

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An involving and intriguing addition to the personal histories of the period.

Kirkus Reviews

Fascinating.

Publishers Weekly

A rare, continuous picture.

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, author of Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South

Few diaries by Southern women are as rich as Thomas's account. This is a real Scarlett O'Hara, with grit.

Library Journal

An unusually rich insight into a crucial period of social change.

Maryland Historical Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807818978
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.62(d)

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A rare, continuous picture of one privileged slaveholding woman's response to the crumbling of her world in the trauma of war and its aftermath. This dramatic and moving personal story offers an important perspective on the death of the Old South and the birth of the New.—Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, author of Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South

An involving and intriguing addition to the personal histories of the period . . . told by a privileged woman who gathered strength and independence from disaster.—Kirkus Reviews

Few diaries by Southern women are as rich as Thomas's account. . . . This is a real Scarlett O'Hara, with grit.—Library Journal

In this fascinating abridged journal, a Southern belle shows that the events portrayed in Gone with the Wind were much less romantic in real life.—Publishers Weekly

The readability, the sustained interest of this diary, with its keen observations and full detail and its continuing concern with social justice, offers an unusually rich insight into a crucial period of social change.—Maryland Historical Magazine

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Nell Irvin Painter is professor of history at Princeton University.

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