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American women in the Civil War era could not own property. In fact, if they were married, they were property – the property of their husbands. They also could not vote and certainly could not run for office. But they made a mark on the nation’s history nonetheless. Some became journalists, nurses or activists. Others wielded influence behind the scenes as political spouses – women who had the ears of powerful men. In a new book, NPR’s Cokie Roberts delves into the lives of these Washington women and shows how their passion and intelligence influenced the times. Join Diane and Cokie for a discussion of 19th-century wives of presidents and congressmen.
- Cokie Roberts Commentator for NPR and author of "Founding Mothers" and "Lady Liberty."
Excerpted from “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868” by Cokie Roberts. Copyright 2015. Reprinted with permission from Debartlo & Co.
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