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By Rebecca Harding Davis,Sharon M. Harris,Robin L. Cadwallader

The ten tales accumulated right here express Rebecca Harding Davis to be an acute observer of the conflicts and ambiguities of a divided country and place her as a huge transitional author among romanticism and realism. shooting the fluctuating cultural setting of the Civil warfare and Reconstruction eras, the tales discover such matters as racial prejudice and slavery, the loneliness and powerlessness of girls, and the results of postwar industry capitalism at the operating sessions. Davis’s characters contain squaddies and civilians, women and men, old and young, blacks and whites. rather than focusing (like many writers of the interval) on significant conflicts and leaders, Davis takes readers into the intimate battles fought on kinfolk farms and backwoods roads, delving into the minds of these who skilled the destruction on each side of the conflict.

Davis spent the warfare years within the Pennsylvania and Virginia borderlands, a zone she known as a “vast armed camp.” right here, divided households, ravaged groups, and transferring loyalties have been the norm. because the editors say, “Davis doesn't restrict herself to writing approximately slavery, abolition, or reconstruction. as an alternative, she indicates us that during the battling, the rebuilding, and the politics, existence is going on. Even in the course of a conflict, humans needs to stay: they paintings, consume, sleep, and love.”

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