Civil War Wives
Carol Berkin talked about her book Civil War Wives: The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (Knopf; September 8, 2009). In the book, she profiles the wives of three prominent figures of the Civil War era: abolitionist leader Theodore Weld, confederate president Jefferson Davis, and Union Army general Ulysses S. Grant. Professor Berkin shows how even privileged women struggled to break free of the era’s restrictions on married women. She responded to questions from members of the audience. close
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