Civil War Wives

MON, OCT 12, 2009 (46:23)

Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor at Baruch College in New York, discusses her revelatory new book, Civil War Wives. It focuses on the life and times of three wives – Julia Dent Grant,wife Of U.S. Grant, Varina Howell Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, and Angelina Grimke Weld, American politician, lawyer, abolitionist and suffragist – whose lives offer a unique window on to our national past. Berkin’s many notable books include Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence, and A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution.

+ BIO: Carol Berkin

Carol Berkin, professor of American history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, First Generations, and Jonathan Sewall. She lives in New York City.

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