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When the Civil War came, Eunice's brothers joined the Union army while her husband fought and died for the Confederacy. Back in New England, a widow and the mother of two, Eunice barely got by as a washerwoman. Four years later, she fell in love with a black sea captain, married him, and moved to his home in the West Indies. Following every lead in a collection of family letters, Hodes traced Eunice's footsteps and met descendants along the way. This story of misfortune and defiance takes up grand themes of American history--opportunity and racism, war and freedom--and illuminates the lives of ordinary people in the past.

Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Takes us into the extraordinary world of Eunice Conley. Born white and poor in New England, Eunice led a hard life. This story of misfortune and defiance takes up grand themes of American history - opportunity and racism, war and freedom - and illuminates the lives of ordinary people.

Reviews Editorial reviews. User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Be the first. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Eunice Richardson, the subject of this book, was born a white, working-class woman in New England in She was first married to William Stone, a fellow New Englander, with whom she moved to Mobile, Alabama, for a period of time.

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Hodes speculates that it was in Mobile that Eunice first became acquainted with Smiley Connolly, an African American who would become her second husband. Hodes leaves no stone unturned and no document undogged. Her storyteller's bent, her understanding of the complex racial climate of the late s, and her extensive historical knowledge combine to produce an engaging historical document that reads like a novel.

The book is divided into eight chapters preceded by a one-page "Notes to the Reader," a lengthy "Notes" section giving detailed source material, and "Essays on Sources" in which Hodes documents and comments on her sources. These sections are dense with corroborating evidence and make for interesting and informative reading.


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Photographs of family members and locations are dispersed throughout the text. The first chapter begins with Hodes explaining how she discovered Eunice and became fascinated by her story. Resurrecting Eunice's life through letters and conversations with living descendents, the author realized that Eunice's marriage across the color line led to her eradication from the family tree. Hodes describes an interesting encounter with one of Eunice's long-descended nieces who, while very knowledgeable about her ancestors, had "never, ever" heard of Eunice and was shocked to learn of her existence.

Chapter 1 details Eunice's family status and struggles, setting the stage for the momentous life decisions that follow. Hodes brings into focus the rising conflict between the North and the South over slavery, as well as the economic disparity between rich and the poor.

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