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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 31 Jan 1999
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A wonderful book about women during the Civil War. This book focuses only on women of the slaveholding South, those women who were brought up to be dependent on their men, women unused to hard physical work, and how the war affected them. The author tracks the growth of these women, their evolution from fragile "ladies" to capable, independent women, and how their men, and society in general, were forced to accept women's new roles as thinkers, writers, nurses, teachers, in short, as women with brains! The book includes many excerpts from letters and diaries that show the fear and reluctance of most women to move from their established and secure roles of wife, mother, helpmeet, domestic decoration, and social director, to those of head of household, provider, and scrounger for the basic necessities of life during times of shortages. Faust also examines how women viewed the war from its beginning (cheering as their noble heroes marched away to combat) through the long years apart from their men ("come home, we need you"). Every chapter was interesting, and she covered topics as diverse as women who dressed up as men and enlisted, and how tough it was to get married after the war, due to the shortages of eligible males. A really interesting book, I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete and well researched book of civil war women, 12 Jan 1999
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Typically, books of this nature have a tendency to be boring and unreadable. Not so with this author. She has included multitudes of letters, diaries, and facts and has made the book very readable and very interesting.
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