The Better Angels

Five Women Who Changed Civil War America

Robert C. Plumb

This multi-layered biography examines five remarkable women who made important contributions to the Union cause at various stages before, during, and following the defining years of the American Civil War.
Publication date:
March 2020
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781640122239

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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Excellent biographies have been written about Clara Barton, Sarah Josepha Hale, Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman, but their lives have never been looked at together as they intertwined the Civil War narrative. Readers of The Better Angels can compare these successful women and discover common attributes and what was unique to each woman. Without leading troops in battle or wielding political power, these five women profoundly influenced the start of the war and its progress throughout as North and South clashed. Coming from varying backgrounds and with different skills, the women performed acts embodying truth, freedom, compassion, inspiration, and conciliation that helped change the course of the war. They were all independent, resourceful, and intelligent women who overcame the social and political climate of mid-nineteenth century America to play important, game-changing roles.

The Better Angels explores the awakenings of these five women and how their lives were affected by the war. Each of the five women's stories is filled with times of joy, frustration, success, confrontation, disappointment, and satisfaction that shaped them as they found purpose and fulfilment during a devastating war.

The Better Angels chronicles these watershed times as the doors of opportunity open for Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman.