Date(s) - 11/10/2016
Plainfield Public Library
Jenny Riddle’s review will captivate you as she presents some of the women in Cokie Roberts’ best seller, CAPITAL DAMES: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868. You’ll be familiar with such names as Dorothea Dix, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Sojourner Truth, but what do you know about Jessie (Mrs. John “The Pathfinder”) Fremont; Varina (Mrs. Jefferson) Davis; Elizabeth Blair Lee; or ex-slave, Mrs. Lizzie Keckley? You don’t want to miss learning how these women and others in Roberts’ book reacted to the war, influenced the war, and moved women farther along the road to enlightenment and equality. Can you imagine a young female teacher in the mid 1850’s telling a school board as she turned down their job offer, “I will never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.” Clara Barton did just that–and she got the job! Join Jenny as she shares the stories of the women of The Civil War.