"Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss."
A free online lecture and discussion hosted by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech (civilwar.vt.edu).
Dr. Angela Elder will discuss her new book, Love and Duty. The Confederacy championed a particular version of white widowhood--the young wife who selflessly transferred her monogamous love from her dead husband to the deathless cause for which he had fought. But a closer look reveals that these women spent their new cultural capital carefully, and with great variety. Death forced all Confederate widows to reconstruct their lives, but only some would choose to play a role in reconstructing the nation.