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Southern Lady, Yankee Spy - by Elizabeth R Varon (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Historical

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Author: Elizabeth R Varon

Language: English

Street Date: March 24, 2005
TCIN: 77777943
UPC: 9780195179897
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-6803

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"An accomplished and engaging biography of a remarkably resourceful and determined woman, whose story shed considerable light on the role of southern Unionism in undermining the Confederate war effort, military and otherwise, and on the women who embodied and actively sustained that cause."--Civil War History


"A thrilling detective story filled with clandestine meetings, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, disguises, surveillance and undercover work. While such well-known Civil War women spies as Belle Boyd and Rose O'Neal Greenhow remain shrouded in partisan mythology, Varon has unearthed hard evidence that establishes Van Lew as a genuine heroine of the Civil War era."--Raleigh News & Observer


"A rich account of a complex and important figure in wartime Richmond...Highly readable."--Civil War Book Review


"Groundbreaking and altogether remarkable...A classic 'forgotten woman' study...as accessible to the lay reader as a novel."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"This is a wonderfully readable and engaging book. Varon brings Van Lew out of the realm of myth and into the much more interesting domain of history, offering us a woman who as spy, abolitionist and woman's rights advocate was at once larger than life and at the center of her time."--Drew Gilpin Faust, Director of the Radcliffe Institute, author of Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War


"Detailed, astute and convincing."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post


"A solid job of ferreting out facts and discarding fiction...What is presented here is the fullest scholarly treatment we are likely to have, and if Varon finds her subject to be one who loved and served her country to the end, the fascinating record speaks for itself."--Roanoke Times


"A thoughtful, meticulously researched biography."--Washington Times


"Popular Civil War literature is filled with romantic and sensational stories of female spies, many of them made up out of whole cloth. But the story told in Southern Lady, Yankee Spy, is eminently true. A member of the social elite in Richmond, Elizabeth Van Lew nevertheless loved the Union and disliked slavery. She built a Unionist underground in the Confederate capital that helped escaping prisoners of war and provided General Grant with valuable intelligence. Based on thorough research and written with grace and style, this account of Van Lew's contribution to Northern victory is a valuable addition to Civil War scholarship."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam


"This is a wonderfully readable and engaging book. Varon brings Van Lew out of the realm of myth and into the much more interesting domain of history, offering us a woman who as spy, abolitionist and woman's rights advocate was at once larger than life and at the center of her time."--Drew Gilpin Faust, Director of the Radcliffe Institute, author of Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War


"Elizabeth Varon's Southern Lady, Yankee Spy is a well-researched, well-written tale that illuminates a fascinating southern dissenter and forges a sensible path toward bringing women into the military narrative of the Civil War."--William W. Freehling, author of The Road to Disunion and The South vs. The South


"Few women risked as much to assist the Union effort during the Civil War as Elizabeth Van Lew. A member of Richmond's elite, Van Lew orchestrated an effort in the Confederate capital that conveyed useful information to United States military forces, embraced emancipation, and supported Radical Republican policies during Reconstruction. Elizabeth Varon's biography draws on substantial research to offer a long-overdue, and compelling, portrait of a complex and important figure."--Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia, author of The Confederate War


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