A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose

TitleA Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWhitacre, Paula
Number of Pages291
PublisherPotomac Books; University of Nebraska Press
City, CountryLincoln, NB
Abstract

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family's farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. As an ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers. A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur's diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty--and all too human. [UNC Library]

URLhttps://lccn.loc.gov/2017010794
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