History & Biography Book Group
Wednesday, May 02 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm for 2 hours(signup deadline is 3 pm, Apr 30)
Private Home / 906 South Carolina Ave, SE (stairs to front door but chair lift to
side door on request)
: Join others interested in history on May 2 to discuss this story of the women of
Washington who, with their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to war, either
on the battlefield or in the halls of Congress, joined the cause as well. Women came
to the Capital City to enlist as nurses, supply organizers, relief workers, and journalists.
Many risked their lives making munitions in a highly flammable arsenal, toiled at
the Treasury Department printing greenbacks to finance the war, and plied their needlework
skills at The Navy Yard—once the sole province of men—to sew canvas gunpowder bags
for the troops. Roberts concludes that the war not only changed Washington, it also
forever changed the place of women. Sifting through newspaper articles, government
records, and private letters and diaries—many never before published—Roberts brings
the war-torn capital into focus through the lives of its formidable women.
ahead—On Wed., July 11, 2018 we’ll discuss Jerusalem, the Biography by Simon Selbag
Montefeore (2011) 650 pages.
Members and social members.
Reservations required, 2 places taken, 13 available.
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