Capital Dames: The Civil War & the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 [Audiobook] by Cokie Roberts
English | April 14, 2015 | ASIN: B00TYP11FK, ISBN: 1481534750 | [email protected] kbps | 14 hrs 39 mins | 413 MB
Narrator: Cokie Roberts | Genre: Nonfiction/Biography/History
In this engrossing & informative companion to her New York Times best sellers Founding Mothers & Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, DC, & the experiences, influence, & contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.
With 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 States.
After the declaration of secession, many fascinating Southern women left the city, leaving their friends - such as Adele Cutts Douglas & Elizabeth Blair Lee - to grapple with questions of safety & sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp & later a hospital. With their husb&s, brothers, & fathers marching off to war, either on the battlefield or in the halls of Congress, the women of Washington joined the cause as well. & more women went to the Capital City to enlist as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers, & journalists. Many risked their lives making munitions in a highly flammable arsenal; toiled at the Treasury Department, printing greenbacks to finance the war; & plied their needlework skills at the Navy Yard - once the sole province of men - to sew canvas gunpowder bags for the troops.
Cokie Roberts chronicles these women's increasing independence, their political empowerment, & their indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war & in helping heal it once the fighting was done. She concludes that the war not only changed Washington, but it also forever changed the place of women.
Sifting through newspaper articles, government records, & private letters & diaries - many never before published - Roberts brings the war-torn capital into focus through the lives of its formidable women.