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Those courageous women of the Civil War
Zeinert, Karen.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm
Examines the important contributions of various women, Northern, Southern, and slave, to the American Civil War, on the battlefield, in print, on the home front, and in other areas where they challenged traditional female roles.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.0 4.0 29017.
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E628 .Z45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Chronicling the myriad contributions of women during during the Civil War, this book examines, in colorful detail, how women seized opportunities to make a difference on all fronts.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Another in the series that includes Zeinert's Those Incredible Women of World War II (1995) and Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution (1996), this book provides quite a readable account of the contributions made by women of both North and South during the American Civil War. Thematic chapters introduce women who served: as spies, as nurses, as First Ladies, as writers, and on the home fronts. The attractive layout includes large pages, good use of white space, and many period photographs. Quotations from firsthand accounts bring women's experiences during the war into sharper focus for readers. Page-long feature articles profile individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Susie King Taylor (a freed slave and camp follower who became a teacher). A good resource for young people studying the period. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-A well-written, well-researched examination of the many roles played by women during the Civil War. Zeinert begins with high-profile individuals who masqueraded as men to participate on the battlefield and those, on both sides, who were spies. A discussion of the nurses and the few female doctors follows, noting that these women were ostracized even though their presence often resulted in better care and more hygienic conditions. Particularly moving is the story of Dr. Mary Walker, who worked as a surgeon with an Ohio regiment and was captured by Southern forces. The author also includes the stories of the two First Ladies of the era: Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln. Finally, readers learn what happened to the women who waited at home. These compelling stories are framed by a discussion of the public's perception of women before, during, and after the war. Prior to it, they were considered "frail and emotional." While these ideas were put aside when women were needed in the factories and on the battlefield, they later reemerged. Black-and-white, sepia, and tinted, as well as a few full-color photographs and reproductions illustrate the text. A solid work that is sure to open the eyes of many readers and add a different dimension to studies about this era.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.