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The correspondence of Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson, with selected editorials written by Sarah Morgan for the Charleston News and Courier /
edited by Giselle Roberts.
imprint
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2004.
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lv, 274 p.
ISBN
0820325910 (alk. paper)
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Giselle Roberts is a research associate in the department of history at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia
Reviews
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"This compelling volume follows two very extraordinary people as they tried to remake their lives and themselves in the tumultuous years of the post-Civil War South. Roberts is the perfect historical guide: her expert editing, which interweaves published work with private correspondence, elegantly frames the material and draws out its significance, all while allowing her protagonists to tell their own stories. The surprising twists and turns remind us that the unique circumstances of individual lives can provide the most valuable insights into larger patterns of historical change."--Laura F. Edwards, author of Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore
"This compelling volume follows two very extraordinary people as they tried to remake their lives and themselves in the tumultuous years of the post-Civil War South. Roberts is the perfect historical guide: her expert editing, which interweaves published work with private correspondence, elegantly frames the material and draws out its significance, all while allowing her protagonists to tell their own stories. The surprising twists and turns remind us that the unique circumstances of individual lives can provide the most valuable insights into larger patterns of historical change."--Laura F. Edwards, author ofScarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore
"This book adds immeasurably to our sense of who the Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan was and gives us new insight into the woman of the postwar years. Roberts's decision to include a selection of Sarah's newspaper pieces alongside the correspondence between her and the Charleston editor Francis Warrington Dawson is one that scholars will applaud. She has done a splendid job."--Charles East, editor of The Civil War Diary of Sarah Morgan
"Through recent works on other writers and journalists, such as Mary Bayard Clarke and Augusta Jane Evans, scholars are beginning to appreciate the rich literary legacy left behind by late-nineteenth-century southern women. Roberts's work represents an important contribution to that ongoing effort."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Through recent works on other writers and journalists, such as Mary Bayard Clarke and Augusta Jane Evans, scholars are beginning to appreciate the rich literary legacy left behind by late-nineteenth-century southern women. Roberts's work represents an important contribution to that ongoing effort."-- North Carolina Historical Review
"This book adds immeasurably to our sense of who the Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan was and gives us new insight into the woman of the postwar years. Roberts's decision to include a selection of Sarah's newspaper pieces alongside the correspondence between her and the Charleston editor Francis Warrington Dawson is one that scholars will applaud. She has done a splendid job."--Charles East, editor ofThe Civil War Diary of Sarah Morgan
"The letters and editorials . . . show how southern men and women were forced in the aftermath of the Civil War to create new identities in ways that somewhat reconciled old ideals with new realities. Roberts's insightful introduction places Morgan's correspondence and editorials in the context of the debate about the Civil War as a watershed event for elite southern women."-- Journal of Southern History
"The letters and editorials . . . show how southern men and women were forced in the aftermath of the Civil War to create new identities in ways that somewhat reconciled old ideals with new realities. Roberts's insightful introduction places Morgan's correspondence and editorials in the context of the debate about the Civil War as a watershed event for elite southern women."--Journal of Southern History
"Roberts combines commentary, correspondence and editorials to provide a window to . . . South Carolina after the Civil War."-- Charleston Post and Courier
"Roberts combines commentary, correspondence and editorials to provide a window to . . . South Carolina after the Civil War."--Charleston Post and Courier
"Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson are each well known figures in their own right in southern studies. Their courtship correspondence constitutes a surprisingly compelling love story marked by Dawson's passion and Morgan's unwillingness to bury herself in marriage. The letters, embellished by a selection of essays Morgan wrote for the Charleston News and Courier , reveal the deep complexities of the genteel woman's life during Reconstruction. Morgan's shame at having to earn her living by writing is belied by the irreverent wit and sharp perception revealed in her essays on women's lot in the postwar South."--Elisabeth Muhlenfeld, author of Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Biography
"Roberts' book considerably enlightens readers as to who the Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan was and provides new insight into the post Civil War years in the South."--McCormick Messenger
"Readers and scholars interested in the post-Civil War South and in male-female relationships will find these letters both interesting and an important addition to what one hopes will be a growing collection of personal documents from this period of southern history."--Civil War Book Review
"Readers and scholars interested in the post-Civil War South and in male-female relationships will find these letters both interesting and an important addition to what one hopes will be a growing collection of personal documents from this period of southern history."-- Civil War Book Review
"Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson are each well known figures in their own right in southern studies. Their courtship correspondence constitutes a surprisingly compelling love story marked by Dawson's passion and Morgan's unwillingness to bury herself in marriage. The letters, embellished by a selection of essays Morgan wrote for theCharleston News and Courier, reveal the deep complexities of the genteel woman's life during Reconstruction. Morgan's shame at having to earn her living by writing is belied by the irreverent wit and sharp perception revealed in her essays on women's lot in the postwar South."--Elisabeth Muhlenfeld, author ofMary Boykin Chesnut: A Biography
"Roberts' book considerably enlightens readers as to who the Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan was and provides new insight into the post Civil War years in the South."-- McCormick Messenger
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The private and public writings in this volume reveal the early relationship between renowned Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan (1842-1909) and her future husband, Francis Warrington Dawson (1840-1889). Gathered here is a selection of their letters along with various articles that Morgan wrote anonymously for the "Charleston News and Courier, which Dawson owned and edited. In January 1873 Morgan met Francis Warrington Dawson, an English expatriate, Confederate veteran, and newspaperman. By then Morgan had left her native Louisiana and was living near Columbia, South Carolina, with her younger brother, James Morris Morgan. When Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson met, he was mourning the recent death of his first wife. She, in turn, was still grieving over her family's many wartime losses. The couple's relationship came to encompass both the personal and the professional. To free Morgan from an unhappy dependence on her brother, Dawson urged her to write professionally for his paper. During 1873 Morgan wrote more than seventy pieces on such topics as French and Spanish politics, race relations, the insanity plea, funerals, and fashion gossip. Only after attaining financial independence through her secret newspaper career did Morgan marry Frank Dawson, in 1874. Morgan's commentary gives us a candid portrayal of the way one southern woman viewed her postwar world--even as she struggled to find her place in it.
Main Description
The private and public writings in this volume reveal the early relationship between renowned Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan (1842-1909) and her future husband, Francis Warrington Dawson (1840-1889). Gathered here is a selection of their letters along with various articles that Morgan wrote anonymously for theCharleston News and Courier, which Dawson owned and edited.In January 1873 Morgan met Frank Dawson, an English expatriate, Confederate veteran, and newspaperman. By then Morgan had left her native Louisiana and was living near Columbia, South Carolina, with her younger brother, James Morris Morgan. When Sarah Morgan and Frank Dawson met, he was mourning the recent death of his first wife. She, in turn, was still grieving over her family's many wartime losses.The couple's relationship came to encompass both the personal and the professional. To free Morgan from an unhappy dependence on her brother, Dawson urged her to write professionally for his paper. During 1873 Morgan wrote more than seventy pieces on such topics as French and Spanish politics, race relations, the insanity plea, funerals, and fashion gossip---editorials that caused a sensation in Charleston.Only after attaining financial independence through her secret newspaper career did Morgan marry Frank Dawson, in 1874. Morgan's commentary gives us a candid portrayal of the way one southern woman viewed her postwar world---even as she struggled to find her place in it.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The private and public writings in this volume reveal the early relationship between renowned Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan (1842-1909) and her future husband, Francis Warrington Dawson (1840-1889). This is a selection of their letters along with articles that Morgan wrote for the Charleston News and Courier.
Main Description
The private and public writings in this volume reveal the early relationship between renowned Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan (1842-1909) and her future husband, Francis Warrington Dawson (1840-1889). Gathered here is a selection of their letters along with various articles that Morgan wrote anonymously for the Charleston News and Courier , which Dawson owned and edited. In January 1873 Morgan met Frank Dawson, an English expatriate, Confederate veteran, and newspaperman. By then Morgan had left her native Louisiana and was living near Columbia, South Carolina, with her younger brother, James Morris Morgan. When Sarah Morgan and Frank Dawson met, he was mourning the recent death of his first wife. She, in turn, was still grieving over her family's many wartime losses. The couple's relationship came to encompass both the personal and the professional. To free Morgan from an unhappy dependence on her brother, Dawson urged her to write professionally for his paper. During 1873 Morgan wrote more than seventy pieces on such topics as French and Spanish politics, race relations, the insanity plea, funerals, and fashion gossip---editorials that caused a sensation in Charleston. Only after attaining financial independence through her secret newspaper career did Morgan marry Frank Dawson, in 1874. Morgan's commentary gives us a candid portrayal of the way one southern woman viewed her postwar world---even as she struggled to find her place in it.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Editorial Notep. li
List of Frequently Mentioned Peoplep. lv
A Winter Romance: January-February 1873p. 1
A New Career: March-April 1873p. 19
Women: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 52
Family and Relationships: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 71
Preparing for the Springs: May-June 1873p. 91
Feu Follet's Debut: June-July 1873p. 112
The Correspondent: August 1873p. 150
Society: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 179
Politics: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 197
A Greenville Sojourn: September-October 1873p. 207
Afterwordp. 249
Sarah Morgan's Articles and Editorials, 1873p. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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