The Theme Of Heroism In Civil War Wives

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Civil War Wives is a non-fiction novel describing the hardships and behavior of three very brave women, who lived through the civil war. The story goes into detail of the lives of Angelina Grimké Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant. They are southern, high class, slave holding women. Civil War Wives explains that most of the women of this time understood exactly what was going on around them. Their experiences and opinions help to shape yet another side of the civil war. A common theme that Berkin expresses throughout the book is mentioned in her thesis, “They were, to a great extent, accidental heroes, but heroes nonetheless.”1 This idea of heroism is presented in the story of Angelina Grimké Weld continuously.
Berkin makes numerous
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This wasn’t a complete surprise. Angelina was said to be, “an anomalous figure in the America of the 1830s… a Quaker who questioned the morality of her congregation.”4 Carol Berkin goes into detail about the journey Angelina must make in order to be successful, and accomplish her goals. Angelina and Theodore Weld were described as friends, even as colleagues throughout the beginning of their acquaintance with each other. Even when they got married Theodore said, “We marry Angelina not merely nor mainly nor at all comparatively to ENJOY, but together to do and to dare…”5 There plan was to conquer the struggle with slavery and the equality problems with women. Angelina soon began to struggle with balancing marriage and her conquest to abolition and equality. Berkin shows Angelina’s progress, and keeps you on your toes as she throws a few of Angelina’s setbacks at you. Angelina continued to lecture and remain in politics throughout her …show more content…
After this, she was seen as “unladylike”, and she was constantly reminded that she was a woman and women would not do such a thing. She continued to gives speeches and lectures across the North. Once she was married to Theodore Weld, Angelina began to feel silenced. As if she was not able to be as open and determined as she once was. Berkin explains, “By 1838, Angelina may have welcomed any reason to withdraw from the public eye.”6 Angelina was beginning to become exhausted with the constant need to speak and people

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