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A House Divided
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.

Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.

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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
$32.95
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320  pages, hardcover

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia,...

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