The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889

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Virginia Ingraham Burr
Univ of North Carolina Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 469 pages
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The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas, who was born to wealth and privilege and reared in the tradition of the southern belle, tells of the hard days of war and the poverty brought on by emancipation and Reconstruction. Her entries illuminate experiences shared with thousands of other southern women.
  

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The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas An Educated White Woman in the Eras of Slavery War and Reconstruction
1
18481859
69
1 The Young Journalist
71
Courtship and Engagement
93
3 The Plantation Mistress
118
Life Women Slavery
141
18611866
181
5 Days of Confidence
183
Race Labor Debt
291
10 Conjugal Discord
317
11 Infamous Tuesday
341
12 Jefferson Davis in Augusta
357
18781889
375
13 Schoolteacher and Breadwinner
377
14 Businesswoman
395
15 Poverty and Trials
417

6 The Home Front
209
Doubting Thoughts Fading Hope
234
8 Surrender and Yankee Occupation
260
18681871
289

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