A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for by Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

In the autumn of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm close to Rochester, long island, and boarded a educate to Washington DC. As an ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a tragic yet strong existence, headed towards the chaos of the Civil conflict, and spent many of the subsequent numerous years in Alexandria devising how one can relief lately escaped slaves and hospitalized Union infantrymen. A Civil lifestyles in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and different basic assets right into a ancient narrative sending the reader again one hundred fifty years to appreciate a girl who was once alternately courageous, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s reviews opposed to the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia, a southern city held via the Union from 1861 to 1865; of Washington DC, the place Wilbur grew to become energetic within the women’s suffrage circulate and lived until eventually her demise in 1895; and of Rochester, long island, a hotbed of social reform and residential to Wilbur’s neighbors Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

during this moment bankruptcy of her existence, Wilbur continued in issues: bettering stipulations for African american citizens who had escaped from slavery and making a significant existence for herself. A Civil existence in an Uncivil Time is the eye-catching tale of a lady who remade herself at midlife in the course of a interval of huge social upheaval and change.


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