Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose
In "A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time," author Paula Tarnapol Whitacre brings to life a 19th-century woman who faced issues still relevant today.
About the book:
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 47-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War. She spent most of the next several years in Alexandria, VA, devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers, working closely with Harriet Jacobs and often battling the male establishment.