Capital Dames: The Civil War And The Women Of Washington, 1848-1868

by Cokie Roberts

On Sale: 26/04/2016


About the Book

“Roberts is a gifted narrator of Civil War history, weaving the experiences and perspectives of the women into a fresh and illuminating account of key battles and events.”-Washington Post

“Cokie Roberts regularly dissects the power dynamics of modern-day Washington. As an author, though, she's demonstrated a special regard for the farther reaches of American history and its behind-the-scenes players.”-New York Times Book Review

With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern town of Washington, D.C., found itself caught between warring sides in a battle to determine the future of the United States. Drawing on newspaper articles, government records, and private letters and diaries, many never before published, Capital Dames introduces the resilient and remarkable women of Washington.

As the war remodeled the city first into an immense Union Army camp and later a hospital, women enlisted as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers, and journalists. Many risked their lives making munitions, toiled at the Treasury Department printing greenbacks to finance the war, and sewed canvas gunpowder bags for the troops at the Navy Yard. In this compelling story of a Southern society town's transformation into a center of national power, Roberts shows us how the Capital City spread its influence as a result of the war and how the women who had once been self-described “belles” evolved into purposeful activists, writers, and organizers, changing forever the role of women in American society.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062002778
  • ISBN 10: 0062002775
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 26/04/2016
  • Pages: 544
  • List Price: 34.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / General


Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers We Are Our Mothers' Daughters; Founding Mothers; Ladies of Liberty; and, with her husband, the journalist Steven V. Roberts, From This Day Forward and Our Haggadah. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.

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