Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy

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Oxford University Press, 02‏/10‏/2003 - 336 من الصفحات
Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, daring spymaster, postwar politician: Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history, a woman who defied the conventions of the nineteenth-century South. In Southern Lady, Yankee Spy, historian Elizabeth Varon provides a gripping, richly researched account of the woman who led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War." Under the nose of the Confederate government, Van Lew ran a spy ring that gathered intelligence, hampered the Southern war effort, and helped scores of Union soldiers to escape from Richmond prisons. Varon describes a woman who was very much a product of her time and place, yet continually took controversial stands--from her early efforts to free her family's slaves, to her daring wartime activities and beyond. Varon's powerful biography brings Van Lew to life, showing how she used the stereotypes of the day to confound Confederate authorities (who suspected her, but could not believe a proper Southern lady could be a spy), even as she brought together Union sympathizers at all levels of society, from slaves to slaveholders. After the war, a grateful President Ulysses S. Grant named her postmaster of Richmond--a remarkable break with custom for this politically influential post. But her Unionism, Republican politics, and outspoken support of racial justice earned her a lifetime of scorn in the former Confederate capital. Even today, Elizabeth Van Lew remains a controversial figure in her beloved Richmond, remembered as the "Crazy Bet" of Lost Cause propaganda. Elizabeth Varon's account rescues her from both derision and oblivion, depicting an intelligent, resourceful, highly principled woman who remained, as she saw it, true to her country to the end.

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معاينة المستخدمين  - ladycato - LibraryThing

A friend recommended this book to me a while back, and I'm so glad he did. It's an in-depth look at the life of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, but more than that, it provides insight to Richmond during ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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معاينة المستخدمين  - noblechicken - LibraryThing

Finally! A book that does Ms. Van Lew justice. The only other stand alone book about her was called something like "Crazy Bet's Diary" and while it did just reprint her diary, and it provided some ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله


1 An Awful Responsibility The Making of a Dissenter 18181860
2 My Country Oh My Country Virginia Leaves the Union
3 Our Flag Was Gone The Wars First Year
4 The Bright Rush of Life The Making of the Richmond Underground
5 Elizabeth and The Beast Butler Finds His Spy
6 This Precious Dust The Clandestine Reburial of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren
7 The Smoke of Battle Grant Moves on Richmond
8 A Flaming Altar The Fall of Richmond and Its Aftermath
9 A Fiery Ordeal The Trials of a Female Politician
10 The Myth of Crazy Bet
Van Lews Ghost
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Elizabeth Varon is Professor of History at Temple University. She is the author of We Mean to Be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia.

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