A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes unusually, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly).
Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extreme international of Eunice Connolly. Born white and negative in New England, Eunice moved from nation-state to manufacturing unit urban, labored within the generators, then her husband to the Deep South. while the Civil battle got here, Eunice's brothers joined the Union military whereas her husband fought and died for the Confederacy. again in New England, a widow and the mummy of 2, Eunice slightly obtained by way of as a washerwoman, being affected by crushing melancholy. 4 years later, she fell in love with a black sea captain, married him, and moved to his domestic within the West Indies. Following each lead in a set of 500 kinfolk letters, Hodes traced Eunice's footsteps and met descendants alongside the best way. This tale of misfortune and defiance takes up grand subject matters of yankee history―opportunity and racism, battle and freedom―and illuminates the lives of normal humans some time past. forty seven illustrations
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I believe the cash may do me extra sturdy to have you ever use it in coming to work out me than the other approach, she determined. Eunice prepared her paintings agenda, urged Lois to make acquaintances with the conductor, spelled out instructions from the depot to Washington road, then received via her lengthy days on sheer anticipation. the disgruntlement used to be so nice upon studying of her mother’s canceled journey that Eunice received off the bed within the chilly September evening to set down her emotions. i assumed you'd be right here whilst I acquired domestic, she wrote dejectedly, by way of candlelight. I gave Clarence instructions what to do if Grand mom comes. At such moments, New Hampshire appeared no nearer than Alabama to her mom and sisters. through November, Eunice and the kids had moved back (that was once a part of the unsteadiness of renting), this time to yet one more Washington road tenement, divided with the widow Jane Parmelee, approximately midway among the Russells’ domestic and the guts of city, for 50 cash a year—affordable, notwithstanding no longer simply. to make sure, Eunice’s Claremont apartments weren't the infamous forms of slums present in towns like Boston and ny at midcentury. They weren't airless garrets or unlighted cellars, crowded numerous households to a room with rubbish and sewage piling up front and back. much more likely, Eunice’s quarters have been cramped residences in one-or two-story wood-frame structures or former single-family homes, the kitchen within the basement and shared privies within the yard. Eunice’s new landlord, Leonard Fisher, donated firewood, yet this time Eunice did the lion’s percentage of work herself, even to the establishing of my range which was once an excellent activity, for my funnel was once too huge for the opening within the chiminey, she defined. Then she needed to haul the firewood herself, and it rained rather demanding and that i had many ways to hold it to get it to the shed, and it was once nice massive 4 foot wooden, and that and relocating two times so quickly near to used me up. and not using a husband, or at the very least a husband’s Union military pay, the beauty of Eunice’s foray into home tasks used to be significantly reduced. The Washington road domestic of Eunice’s in-laws Margaret and Alonzo Russell is marked at the some distance correct facet of this 1870s map of Claremont, New Hampshire, as are the tenements owned through Leonard Fisher close to the nook of iciness and Washington streets the place Eunice “went to housework. ” Now Eunice stuffed her children’s dinner plates with wild blackberries, apples, and dandelions. For negative humans, and for ladies specially, low wages and inflation erased the optimistic results of an multiplied wartime financial system. As costs fixed (flour rate fifteen cash a barrel, thrice what it had prior to the war), Eunice had little selection yet to simply accept suggestions. Father Stone introduced her six quarts of applesauce and elements of a slaughtered hog. Margaret introduced a tin of buscits and a pound lump of butter in the future, a bowl of white Sugar and part a dozen Crackers on one other. Eunice enlisted her stepfather to make footwear and shaped herself a hood from silk and ribbon donated by way of Melissa and Margaret.