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Their needlework skills at The Navy Yardonce the sole province of mento sew canvas gunpowder bags for the troopsCokie Roberts chronicles these womens increasing independence their political empowerment their indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war and in helping heal it once the fighting was done She concludes that the war not only changed Washington it also forever changed the place of womenSifting through newspaper articles government records and private letters and diariesmany never before publishedRoberts brings the war torn capital into focus through the lives of its formidable wom. Cokie Roberts has produced another highly readable very interesting journalistic portrayal of some of the memorable women of the antebellum and Civil War eras smart well informed women with personal agendas who used their uniue ualities including pillow talk with their husbands and outright manipulation of their husbands friends and business associates on behalf of social and personal issues they deemed important Well researched and historically accurate this is a fun unbiased account of the times leaving the reader newly informed not only about individual players but also about a social era where women had to take power where they could find it often taking it in their husbands names Roberts writes as a journalist with a strong sense of humor and understatement letting the facts speak for themselves This book like others in her women s studies series can certainly steer the reader toward a variety of additional good reads as well as scholarly accounts from the era As a historian I would have appreciated footnotes and end notes but I understand that this is not Ms Roberts genre of choice A fun informative book especially for those who thought history was boring Boring this book is not

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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

Heir friendssuch as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Leeto grapple with uestions of safety and sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp and later a hospital With their husbands brothers and fathers marching off to war either on the battlefield or in the halls of Congress the women of Washington joined the cause as well And women went to the Capital City to enlist as nurses supply organizers relief workers and journalists Many risked their lives making munitions in a highly flammable arsenal toiled at the Treasury Department printing greenbacks to finance the war and plied. I read this book on my Kindle prior to hearing Cokie Roberts discuss its writing on tour last month It is an inside Washington book from over a century ago told as only Cokie Roberts can tell it With her inside knowledge of the workings of Washington Cokie can read and interpret the letters and diaries from this era with a rare understanding that brings this tragic time alive through the lives of women most profoundly affected by the conflict With that said however I read another dimension to this work There is a lot of learn from others advice in its pages to those of us who cope with monumental personal losses that only someone who knows the toll grief takes would bring to light Monumental personal loss was prevalent in the lives of the women who wrote the source material from which Roberts drew the color and taste of a sad era in America s history The strength reuired to just get through each day for them can often give strength to those who are struggling today

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In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty Cokie Roberts marks the sesuicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington DC and the experiences influence and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American historyWith the outbreak of the Civil War the small social Southern town of Washington DC found itself caught between warring sides in a four year battle that would determine the future of the United StatesAfter the declaration of secession many fascinating Southern women left the city leaving t. The late great Cokie Roberts describes events and moods in Washington DC before and during the Civil War by mining the extensive writings of women who lived there temporarily or otherwise during that time They include wives of senators and congressmen first ladies and others who became involved in or interested in the political scene at the time Her picture of the nation s capital the upheaval due to the arrival of thousands of soldiers the friendships that were affected by close friends suddenly finding themselves on opposite sides is dramatic and riveting


7 thoughts on “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

  1. says:

    The late great Cokie Roberts describes events and moods in Washington, DC before and during the Civil War by mining the extensive writings of women who lived there temporarily or otherwise during that time. They include wives of senators and congressmen, first ladies, and others who became involved in or interested in the political scene at the time. Her picture of the nation's capital the upheaval due to the arrival of thousands of soldier

  2. says:

    If I recall correctly, this book was marketed as a twin to Ladies of Liberty, a thoroughly engrossing account of important women's lives during Revolutionary times. It is not. Ladies of Liberty devoted an entire chapter to e

  3. says:

    An engrossing picture of many of the women (North and South) who were social and political leaders of their day. For readers not quite up on their Civil War history (especially the politics of Lincoln's cabinet or the trials and tribulations of the North's pathetic generals in the first couple of years of the way), remembering who is who amon

  4. says:

    I read this book on my Kindle prior to hearing Cokie Roberts discuss its writing on tour last month. It is an inside Washington book from over a century ago told as only Cokie Roberts can tell it. With her inside knowledge of the workings of Washington, Cokie can read and interpret the letters and diaries from this era with a rare understanding that brings this tragic time alive through the lives of women most profoundly affected by the c

  5. says:

    Cokie Roberts has produced another highly readable very interesting journalistic portrayal of some of the memorable women of the antebellum and Civil War eras; smart, well informed women with personal agendas who used their unique qua

  6. says:

    Unique, informative approach. Using the letters,diaries, etc. from the leading ladies of the DC set just prior to the Civil War, Roberts tells

  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is so much than just another Civil War book. The story is told following the women as they lived through the war making a contribution in many different ways. We may think that these women were on

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