Women Of The Civil War With Carolyn Curry And Heath Lee

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Atlanta History Center says
Join Margaret Mitchell House for an engaging evening exploring the lives of two women of the Civil War era.

Carolyn Curry’s Suffer and Grow Strong chronicles the life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, an intelligent, spirited woman born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. At the age of fourteen she began and kept a diary for forty-one years. These diaries of her life before, during, and after the Civil War filled thirteen hand-written volumes with 450,000 words. Educated at the first college for women Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia, she is described as a “gay young girl of fashion” who met and married her Princeton educated husband in 1852. However, with the coming of the Civil War and its aftermath, her life changed forever. Thomas experienced loss of wealth, bankruptcy, the death of loved ones, serious illness, and devastating family strife.

Heath Lee’s Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause is about Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, the daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife Varina. Winnie had an epic and tragic life. While she was known across the U.S. as "The Daughter of the Confederacy" she preferred a literary life in New York City writing novels and working for Joseph Pulitzer at The World newspaper. Only here in New York City would Winnie find the personal and artistic freedom she sought. But despite her blooming literary career, the young woman would find herself unable to escape the looming legacy of the Lost Cause.

Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online at MargaretMitchellHouse.com/Lectures.
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By: Atlanta History Center

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