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First lady of the Confederacy [electronic resource] : Varina Davis's Civil War / Joan E. Cashin.

By: Cashin, Joan E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006Description: 1 online resource (403 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780674029262 (electronic bk.); 0674029267 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Davis, Varina, 1826-1906 | Presidents' spouses -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 -- Family | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical | HISTORY | Amerikaanse burgeroorlog | Geconfedereerde Staten | Davis, Varina H | Sezessionskrieg <1861-1865>Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: First lady of the Confederacy.DDC classification: 973.7/13092 | B Other classification: 15.85 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Half breed -- This Mr. Davis -- Flattered and courted -- First lady -- No matter what danger there was -- Holocausts of herself -- Run with the rest -- Threadbare great folks -- Topic of the day -- Crowd of sorrows -- Fascinating failures -- The girdled tree -- Delectable city (New York City) -- Like Martha -- At peace.
Summary: In this first academic biography of Jefferson Davis's wife, Varina, Cashin (Ohio State Univ.) presents an engaging look at the Confederacy's first lady, who surprisingly did not believe in the Southern cause. Much of the book, however, focuses on Davis's life after the Civil War, when she struggled to support her penniless husband and later managed her own survival as a widow for over 25 years. Varina Davis drew vast criticism during the postbellum years from her fellow Southerners for her controversial views on the war, particularly when she proclaimed that God's will had provided the North's victory. In spite of the disparagement, Davis spend much of her later life publicly working toward mending the rift between North and South, moving to New York and even befriending the wife of former Union general Ulysses Grant. While the narrative occasionally leans toward overt sympathy, Cashin's study presents an otherwise objective analysis of the tragic Davis and her often-vilified husband.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-391) and index.

Half breed -- This Mr. Davis -- Flattered and courted -- First lady -- No matter what danger there was -- Holocausts of herself -- Run with the rest -- Threadbare great folks -- Topic of the day -- Crowd of sorrows -- Fascinating failures -- The girdled tree -- Delectable city (New York City) -- Like Martha -- At peace.

In this first academic biography of Jefferson Davis's wife, Varina, Cashin (Ohio State Univ.) presents an engaging look at the Confederacy's first lady, who surprisingly did not believe in the Southern cause. Much of the book, however, focuses on Davis's life after the Civil War, when she struggled to support her penniless husband and later managed her own survival as a widow for over 25 years. Varina Davis drew vast criticism during the postbellum years from her fellow Southerners for her controversial views on the war, particularly when she proclaimed that God's will had provided the North's victory. In spite of the disparagement, Davis spend much of her later life publicly working toward mending the rift between North and South, moving to New York and even befriending the wife of former Union general Ulysses Grant. While the narrative occasionally leans toward overt sympathy, Cashin's study presents an otherwise objective analysis of the tragic Davis and her often-vilified husband.

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