Reviews for Outrageous Women of Civil War Times

Booklist Reviews 2003 October #1
Gr. 3-6. Not all the women fit the profile of this series, which includes Outrageous Women of Colonial America (2001) and Outrageous Women of the American Frontier (2002). Some of their contemporaries might have considered Amelia Bloomer or confederate spy Belle Boyd outrageous, but first ladies Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, less so. Still, stretching the word "outrageous," the book provides good summaries of the lives and accomplishments of significant women of the period--among them, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez. The many, sometimes lengthy, sidebars introduce other exceptional women and discuss topics such as the Temperance movement, mill girls, and phrenology. Small reproductions of photos, prints, and paintings illustrate the lively collective biography. ((Reviewed October 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews