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Ur own research to the point "OF TURNING THE STORY INTO SOMETHING "turning the story into something is too long and overly detailed There were certain writing elements that were very well done however the actual story of this woman at times got lost in the surrounding details She was a poor female born into a hardscrabble New England family in 1831 Little did she know that she would go on to live a life that would later be examined
by a 21st century author via letters handed down as family a 21st century author via letters handed down as family I m Nobody Who are ouAre Vine Bahesi you Nobody tooEmily DickinsonEunice Richardson had a harsh early life Her father was an alcoholic who abandoned his family so he could go live up the way with another woman and his new bag of children Mother Lois was strong and kept the family together so Eunice grew up with that Yankee fortitude and spirit which allowed her to get through theears of working in mills and following her working class carpenter husband to the Southjust as the American Civil War erupted Her already rough lifestyle took a downward turn from there leading her to eventually move back North even though she had to cross enemy lines Poverty took hold as she had to compete with the newly arrived Irish who worked for less thus driving down pay for the local girlsIn time Eunice married a man of African descent and went to go live in the Cayman Islands Extraordinary really She simply up and married a man of colour at a time when such a thing was simply not done The poor white woman became wealthier but became separated by her family by distance and racism He may go to that place where they buy brimstone by the wholesaleI discovered Eunice in a box of letters That is the best way to describe the reason Martha Hodes wrote this book as she completed a A Southern Community In Crisis Harrison County Texas 1850 1880 years long uest to find out about this woman who defied conventionet was as ordinary as they came Eunice and her family enjoyed writing letters throughout their lives and it is the overall family history we get to see because of this At the same time one of the most momentous historical events of all time was occurring which makes Eunice s adventures even fascinatingThe amazing detective work of the author was much appreciated by me as I uietly went through
book I uietly because there is tragedy within the family and there is a grudging respect for what these people had to endure just to get through life If nothing happens was a constant phrase within the letters showing how fragile life could really beBut mostly I thought about cemeteries Tombstones that can no longer be read because of erosion Shifting earth that causes those same blocks to fall over never to rise again When do the next generations stop visiting the dead Are there any descendants left to even know about the forgotten graves Without letters of correspondence how can someone be remembered from days gone by Perhaps it is better to end one s days at sea PerhapsI admit it took me a bit to get into the book and I didn t always agree with the author s conclusions but it was an adventure nevertheless and a job well doneBook Season Autumn forgotten graves. Ps 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 pastA Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a selection of the Book of the Month Club Literary Guild and uality Paperback Book Cl. .the book i
Al woman who went her own way in a time that was considered beyond the pale I ve started this book because I went to a lecture at the Navy Museum where Martha Hodes spoke on the topic of love and race in the nineteenth century as exemplified by this exceptional woman who lived an unconventional life and defied racial categorization
The rest of it was just as incredibly interesting What a life story The story of a pretty normalrest of it was just as incredibly interesting What a life story The story of a pretty normal Yankee woman who lived through the Civil War and struggled with poverty But then the story changes and she marries a colored man from the West Indies something white women just did not do The book was well researched and well written and especially timely given the recent news articles about a white woman who has passed herself off as black for Tom Sawyer N Maceralar years Turns out that was fairly common for white women who married black men during the Jim Crowears since it was illegal for people to marry across color lines And in the eyes of society she couldn t be considered white any since she was no longer pure This American attitude was contrasted with the family she found in the Caymans where everyone was all mixed up race wise and nobody cared what Liberalizmden Neoliberalizme Neoliberalizmin Getirisi Ve Gtrs you wereet still valued pale skin over dark This is a somewhat speculative biography based on letters written by the subject Unfortunately no letters exist that were sent in reply There were also periods during which no letters exist leaving the author to Do A Lot Of Speculating a lot of speculating to what actually happened Although an interesting read due to the missing information the author should probably have taken a slightly different focus and included historical information about the era in which the woman lived Some was included but if this was written as a sociologic study than a biography I think it would have been better I loved this book Reads like historical fiction of the 19th century working class even though it s a book of history because she had such detailed letters to work with she makes the characters come alive Highly recommended I found this book incredibly interesting but at the same time kind of dry I thought maybe the author repeated things too much in order to flesh the book out However it was well researched The book did much to explain how things were in New England during the industrial revolution You don t tend to think in terms of the first settlers having so much land and so many kids that as parcels get split up upon death and beueathed to thier lot of childrenthat by the time the mid 1800 s rolled around people didn t have much to leave kids and unless girls married wellit wasn t pretty particularly for a widow and two kids The civil war stuff was interesting and I guess it s just not that surprising how a family would react to a white girl marrying a black guy I for one am happy that poor old Eunice got a few Malone Morre years of being let off the poverty hook and being happy and content My 2nd great grandmother was a sea captain s wife and I read the book to see how this researcher plotted her story I think there is a great danger in falling in love witho. The Confederacy Back in New England a widow and the mother of two Eunice barely got by as a washerwoman struggling with crushing depression Four ears 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 500 family letters Hodes traced Eunice's footste.
READ ê ALWAYSONLTD.CO.UK Ë Martha HodesI enjoyed reading about this remarkable woman and found her story fascinating I do think however that the author s speculation about Eunice s and Smiley s relationship and how it began is off base I think that the author so wanted to
make Eunice even daring than she might have been that she ignored the obvious How would aEunice even daring than she might have been that she ignored the obvious How would a northerner in a deep south seaport meet a ship s captain The obvious is at that seaport while trying desperately to find a way back north It is also not adeuately explained how Eunice could afford the trip home for herself and her little boy I think it is likely that she begged Smiley to have mercy and take her back north It is also likely that she could not afford the trip home and Smiley taking pity on her perhaps initially because her little boy reminded him of his own boys at home loaned her the money with the promise that she pay him back later That loan would also have given a reason to stay in touch long after her disembarkation from his ship The
author actually knows nothing about her trip home other than she experienced troubles as referenced in another family memberactually knows nothing about her trip home other than she experienced troubles as referenced in another family member letter and really just glosses over how a pregnant woman and toddler were able to travel north during wartimeTo speculate that Eunice met Smiley and had an affair with him while still in Mobile is ridiculous Eunice wanted nothing than to achieve middle class respectability An affair would have been anathema to that And Clara most certainly was not Smiley s child of which Eunice must have been absolutely certain otherwise she would have never returned north to live with her in laws to give birth to a baby who could be a dead giveaway of marital infidelity She would have instead stayed with her own family and hidden from her in laws Descriptions about the baby s appearance specifically her whiteness are probably nothing other than making sure her mother knows how beautiful the baby is Clara is no red faced suall er The author s attempt to make Eunice seem anything other than white are eually far fetched The photo on the book jacket if indeed Eunice show a oung possibly teen aged white skinned dark haired woman with blue eyes and a button nose It s the danger of reading too much into the letters and scant historical record of a woman who lived so long ago None of which makes Eunice s story any less remarkableThe family listing at the beginning of the book would have been clearly explained as standard genealogical pedigree chartsI think this would make an interesting book club read There are a lot of relevant discussions it could provoke Can a book be both interesting and boring I don t know but that s how I would describe this one It reads like 300 pages of a history book about only one person and the people and times affecting her I didn t get uite through it all but I m moving on An interesting history but a bit thin in spots the actual romance between Smiley and Eunice is hidden in the folds of time with the letters probably destroyed by relatives Good bits about New England mill towns and Mobile along with the Cayman s and an unusu. Award winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extraordinary world of Eunice Connolly Born white and poor in New England Eunice moved from countryside to factory city worked in the mills then followed her husband to the Deep South When the Civil War came Eunice's brothers joined the Union army while her husband fought and died for.