Those Courageous Women of the Civil War

Those Courageous Women of the Civil War

by Karen Zeinert
     
 
Examines the important contributions of various women, Northern, Southern, and slave, to the American Civil War, on the battlefield, in print, on the home front, and in other areas where they challenged traditional female roles.

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Examines the important contributions of various women, Northern, Southern, and slave, to the American Civil War, on the battlefield, in print, on the home front, and in other areas where they challenged traditional female roles.

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Gr 6-10-A well-written, well-researched examination of the many roles played by women during the Civil War. Zeinert begins with high-profile individuals who masqueraded as men to participate on the battlefield and those, on both sides, who were spies. A discussion of the nurses and the few female doctors follows, noting that these women were ostracized even though their presence often resulted in better care and more hygienic conditions. Particularly moving is the story of Dr. Mary Walker, who worked as a surgeon with an Ohio regiment and was captured by Southern forces. The author also includes the stories of the two First Ladies of the era: Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln. Finally, readers learn what happened to the women who waited at home. These compelling stories are framed by a discussion of the public's perception of women before, during, and after the war. Prior to it, they were considered "frail and emotional." While these ideas were put aside when women were needed in the factories and on the battlefield, they later reemerged. Black-and-white, sepia, and tinted, as well as a few full-color photographs and reproductions illustrate the text. A solid work that is sure to open the eyes of many readers and add a different dimension to studies about this era.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761302124
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Women at War Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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