First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War by Joan E. Cashin

By Joan E. Cashin

I like Varina Davis as a result many trials and tribulations she suffered and for her revolutionary rules, a few of which she couldn't exhibit due to her husband's positions.
After analyzing this booklet, i'll by no means back have a lot admire for Jefferson Davis as a result of his remedy of her, together with his philandering. whereas he used to be away for prolonged sessions, she had the complete accountability for the relations, but he appeared to not savor her.
The ebook was once well-written, yet was once no longer a simple booklet to digest.

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47 As for her marriage prospects, there were no budding romances with the young swains of Natchez. She had some strikes against her, being highly intelligent with a fine education, a destitute father, and some well-publicized scandals in her family. Nor did she think of herself as pretty. In December 1843, Varina Howell received an invitation from her father’s friend Joseph Davis, who lived some seventy miles north of town at the Hurricane plantation in Warren County. The year before, Davis had asked Margaret Howell to allow her daughter to visit, but the invitation had been declined because Varina was completing her studies in English and Latin.

Dissenting voices came from the printed page, for both Charles Dickens and Hannah More supported the abolitionist movement, but Varina never referred to their views on slavery. 45 She sensed some puzzling contradictions on regional identity, however, which came to the fore in national life when she was a girl. In the 1830s and 1840s, as Varina was coming to know and love her Yankee kinfolk, Northerners began to criticize slavery in particular and Southern society generally as undemocratic and backward.

The Howell children studied with their cousins, and sometimes the large clamorous tribe traveled en masse to visit their relatives across the river in Louisiana. Varina developed especially close ties to her cousin Margaret, or “Missy,” Sprague, two years her senior, who would one day name a daughter after her. Mrs. 25 Margaret Howell was not entirely consumed by her domestic duties, for she loved books, and she communicated to her eldest daughter a lasting pleasure in the written word. William Howell was known to read a book, and he counted Joseph H.

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