Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism ed. by Connie Park Rice and Marie Tedesco (review)

Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism ed. by Connie Park Rice and Marie... Book Reviews87 further divided on the issue. When Captain Dorr died leading his men in 1864, his ­ ather grieved much as the nation did. The author compared his sermons to Lincoln’s own sentiments at the time, and compares them to the immortal words of his Second Inaugural Address. The epilogue covers the reverend’s own passing in 1869 and the postwar lives of other figures in the book. Despite superb research and fluid writing, the question of “so what?” hangs over the ­ hole book. Quigley’s chapters engage a wide range of pri­ mary and secondary sources. He touches on religious, military, po­ iti­ al, and l c social history in engaging detail. Yet, the book lacks an overarching thesis that ties them together. If seen as a composite biography of the Dorrs, then Pure Heart offers scholars and the public a vivid account of elite Philadel­ phians’ divisions during the Civil War. As anything ­ lse, however, it offers ­ittle new to the study of that conflict. Quigley fails to find the “spirit” of mod­ eration in his subjects. The result is a nicely written but aimless book that merely synthesizes what ­ thers have covered elsewhere. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies West Virginia University Press

Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism ed. by Connie Park Rice and Marie Tedesco (review)

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Book Reviews87 further divided on the issue. When Captain Dorr died leading his men in 1864, his ­ ather grieved much as the nation did. The author compared his sermons to Lincoln’s own sentiments at the time, and compares them to the immortal words of his Second Inaugural Address. The epilogue covers the reverend’s own passing in 1869 and the postwar lives of other figures in the book. Despite superb research and fluid writing, the question of “so what?” hangs over the ­ hole book. Quigley’s chapters engage a wide range of pri­ mary and secondary sources. He touches on religious, military, po­ iti­ al, and l c social history in engaging detail. Yet, the book lacks an overarching thesis that ties them together. If seen as a composite biography of the Dorrs, then Pure Heart offers scholars and the public a vivid account of elite Philadel­ phians’ divisions during the Civil War. As anything ­ lse, however, it offers ­ittle new to the study of that conflict. Quigley fails to find the “spirit” of mod­ eration in his subjects. The result is a nicely written but aimless book that merely synthesizes what ­ thers have covered elsewhere.

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West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Jul 17, 2017

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