The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century

A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes strangely, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly).

Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the intense global of Eunice Connolly. Born white and bad in New England, Eunice moved from geographical region to manufacturing facility urban, labored within the turbines, then her husband to the Deep South. whilst the Civil battle got here, Eunice's brothers joined the Union military whereas her husband fought and died for the Confederacy. again in New England, a widow and the mummy of 2, Eunice slightly obtained by means of as a washerwoman, suffering from crushing melancholy. 4 years later, she fell in love with a black sea captain, married him, and moved to his domestic within the West Indies. Following each lead in a suite of 500 family members letters, Hodes traced Eunice's footsteps and met descendants alongside the way in which. This tale of misfortune and defiance takes up grand topics of yankee history―opportunity and racism, battle and freedom―and illuminates the lives of normal humans some time past. forty seven illustrations

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For all her outbursts—I dont be aware of yet I shall paintings myself to demise this Spring—she regretted complaining. it is going to do no strong after all, yet i admire to inform a few physique as soon as within the will whilst i believe undesirable. because the warfare persevered on, gratefulness combined with the wretchedness of dependence, and neither love of state nor love of God eased these tensions. In 1864 too, either brothers reenlisted within the Union military. i presumed I had turn into so inured to disapointment, Eunice wrote to her mom that wintry weather. And to set down and write my emotions and anticipations and the disapointment may in simple terms be making the wound deeper on your personal breast. She earnestly reiterated the formulation of religion and patriotism (I imagine i've got given them up now into the fingers of our Heavenly Father, and our Countrys reason calls for simply such noble actual patriotic men), yet neither fairly helped, for she might merely wonder whether she will be capable of see the lads once they again north on furlough. “I dont imagine it can damage mom to have a bit rest,” eleven-year-old Clarence installed properly, and so Eunice made up our minds to forfeit wages (and defy a perturbed mistress) in prefer of a trip with Lois and a respite from the drudge of washing soiled outfits in damp climate. girls who traveled domestically with out male escorts (a universal sufficient prevalence, as other halves and daughters visited family members) have been taken care of good at the trains, irrespective of their social prestige, and Eunice most likely chanced on a few aid in depending upon conductors and porters to assist her buy tickets and hold luggage. however the autos weren't quite cozy for a mom with kids: Seats have been not easy, flooring chilly, and the dusty compartment air was once relieved merely by means of wintry blasts every time passengers alighted. whilst Eunice and the kids back from their Massachusetts vacation unwell—the reprieve had allowed Eunice to provide in to a nasty cold—she back defied her employers. I had a choice for a bathing in below part an hour after I acquired into the home, she acknowledged. I advised them i couldn't wash for any physique at this time untill my well-being used to be greater. The stopover at had in basic terms annoyed her experience of isolation, and back Eunice made her sorrow simple. i've got considered you for all time due to the fact that I left you, she advised Lois, imploring her mom to make a reciprocal trip. For i'm so lonesome, she confessed. i would like to work out you already so quickly. i need a few of my fogeys close to me. hot climate and larger uncertainty arrived jointly, with Eunice attempting to think other ways to aid herself. perhaps parents in Nashua paid extra for braided hats. probably Lois might arise to Claremont for a season to aid out. might be Eunice might movement to Dracut (if there's any the place for me to stick, she hinted). might be she may perhaps discover a assorted form of paintings there, as a saleswoman in a few shop or as a seamstress or a fashion designer, so she should not have to clean and fresh and do a piece that's so difficult. finally, Eunice resigned herself, although now not with no vocal resentment. There appears not anything to do yet washing or fogeys imagine i will do not anything else, she cried.

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