Women of the Confederacy

Women of the Confederacy

by Barbara A. Somervill, Rosemary G. Palmer, Lisa Laskin
     
 

Despite the limited opportunities for them at the time, women made a significant impact during the American Civil War. Some chose to serve as nurses, helping wounded soldiers. Others worked secretly as spies or disguised themselves as men and enlisted in the Confederate Army. Enslaved women eagerly awaited their freedom, but didn’t know what the future held.

Overview

Despite the limited opportunities for them at the time, women made a significant impact during the American Civil War. Some chose to serve as nurses, helping wounded soldiers. Others worked secretly as spies or disguised themselves as men and enlisted in the Confederate Army. Enslaved women eagerly awaited their freedom, but didn’t know what the future held. Others struggled to keep their farms and plantations going. These women not only survived, but also faced the unknown with courage and strength.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
While the Civil War raged all around them, women in the Confederacy became nurses, spies, and soldiers. The war ravaged their homeland and left most women without a home or the means to buy food; marauding armies stole crops and livestock and anything else that was not nailed down. Yet women in the Confederacy fought hard to retain their way of life, and later to survive the war itself. The Civil War completely altered their outlook on life, yet presented the opportunity to prove their fierceness, intelligence, and their desire to live and prosper while the men of the South waged war. While at least half of the book is taken up with a brief account of the war, several stories of individual women's actions are included and make for lively reading. Colorful illustrations add insight to the text and interesting glimpses into the personal lives of women who lived in the south during the Civil War. This title is part of the "We the People" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6
Though the vocabulary in these books is appropriate for the intended audience and the font size is inviting, the content suffers, as it is next to impossible to cover adequately any of these topics in so few pages. The descriptions of the conditions are accurate, but limited. Each spread is framed with dark borders that incorporate the book's title. Vintage photos, reproductions of drawings and paintings, and maps liberally illustrate the texts. Some information and photos are duplicated from one title to another, permitting them to stand alone. Unless material of this level is in high demand, these books should be only a secondary purchase, with the ones about women being the priority since this type of information is not as readily available.
—Eldon YounceCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756520335
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Capstone We the People Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.

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