Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy


      Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, daring spymaster, postwar politician Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history, a woman who defied the conventions of the nineteenth century South In Southern Lady, Yankee Spy, historian Elizabeth Varon provides a gripping, richly researched account of the woman who led what one historian called the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War Under the nose of the Confederate government, Van Lew ran a spy ring that gathered intelligence, hampered the Southern war effort, and helped scores of Union soldiers to escape from Richmond prisons.Varon describes a woman who was very much a product of her time and place, yet continually took controversial stands from her early efforts to free her family s slaves, to her daring wartime activities and beyond Varon s powerful biography brings Van Lew to life, showing how she used the stereotypes of the day to confound Confederate authorities who suspected her, but could not believe a proper Southern lady could be a spy , even as she brought together Union sympathizers at all levels of society, from slaves to slaveholders After the war, a grateful President Ulysses S Grant named her postmaster of Richmond a remarkable break with custom for this politically influential post But her Unionism, Republican politics, and outspoken support of racial justice earned her a lifetime of scorn in the former Confederate capital Even today, Elizabeth Van Lew remains a controversial figure in her beloved Richmond, remembered as the Crazy Bet of Lost Cause propaganda Elizabeth Varon s account rescues her from both derision and oblivion, depicting an intelligent, resourceful, highly principled woman who remained, as she saw it, true to her country to the end. Read Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Elizabeth Varon PhD, Yale University is a professor of history at Temple University Her research and teaching interests include the Civil War and Reconstruction, History of Women and Gender, Southern History FROM WEBSITE Personal Statement I have sought in my work to integrate social history and women s history with political and military history My first book was on white women s participation and complicity in Southern politics during the antebellum era My recent book is a bio of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Civil War spy for the Union and pioneering advocate of women s rights and of civil rights for African Americans My current project is a study of the origins of the Civil War part of a multi author thirteen part series on the war , and seeks to integrate the rich new social history of sectionalism particularly works on African American and women s history with thetraditional political narrative.

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      Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
  • Elizabeth R. Varon
  • English
  • 17 April 2018
  • 0195179897

10 thoughts on “ Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy

  1. says:

    Finally A book that does Ms Van Lew justice The only other stand alone book about her was called something like Crazy Bet s Diary and while it did just reprint her diary, and it provided some insight to who she was, i...

  2. says:

    I would give this a 4.5 rating.This book had so many fascinating nuggets about the life of Elizabeth Van Lew spy for the Union during the Civil WarThe author does an excellent job of creating a true account of her life 35 pages of endnotes I ve become fascinated with Van Lew s life and wish an accurate movie of her life could be made It would be so amazing.Some parts of the book get bogged down...

  3. says:

    An excellent addition to Civil War reading, Elizabeth Varon has not only documented the life of Elizabeth Van Lew, she has given us deep insight into the cultural drivers of the civil war, Richmond s experience of the war, the repression of Unionism in the South, the challenges of reconstruction, and the root of the willful embrace of the glory of Confederacy Van Lew s heartwrenching moral dilemma loving her country which she always believed to be the Union of States , her state of Virginia An excellent addition to Civil War reading, Elizabeth Varon has not only documented the life of Elizabeth Van Lew, she has given us deep insight into the cultural drivers of the civil war, Richmond s experience of the war, the repression of Unionism in the South, the challenges of reconstruction, and the root of the willful embrace of the glory of Confederacy Van Lew s heartwrenching moral dilemma loving her country which she always believed to be the Union of States , her state of Virginia which she saw as central in the founding of the country , her city where she was born and lived her entire life , and most precious of all her past and present family is illustrated from her childhood through her death and beyond into her legacy Van Lew was convinced she had to do everything in her power to contribute to the Union war effort, es...

  4. says:

    A friend recommended this book to me a while back, and I m so glad he did It s an in depth look at the life of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, butthan that, it provides insight to Richmond during the Civil War and what happened there during Reconstruction Elizabeth not only funneled military data to the north, but she also worked hard for equality for blacks and women For all three of these reasons, she was treated as a pariah in her beloved Richmond Her enemies hounded her The press A friend recommended this book to me a while back, and I m so glad he did It s an in depth look at the life of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, butthan that, it provides insight to Richmond during the Civil War and what happened there during Reconstruction Elizabeth not only funneled military data to the north, but she also worked hard for equality for blacks and women For all three of these reasons, she was treated as a pariah in her beloved Richmond Her enemies hounded her The press despised her People walked around her on the street She became paranoid and friendless a neighborhood witch Varon observes that after Elizabeth s death, people remembered her that way and then declared she had always ...

  5. says:

    This book was VERY well researched and written with extreme detail That is what made it difficult for me to get through There is no doubt Ms Varon took great care in bringing this book to life The first half wasabout the war than Elizabeth Van Lew The second half wasinteresting to this reader.

  6. says:

    A great book about an unsung American hero

  7. says:

    A well documented, scholarly biography of Elizabeth Van Lew, the veritable spymaster at the center of the Unionist resistance movement in Richmond, VA during the Civil War But with stories about secret codes and invisible ink, the nighttime exhumation of the body of a fallen Union officer, a daring underground prison escape and all manner of subterfuge and daring, much of the book reads like an espionage novel.How did Van Lew get away with so much right before the eyes of the opposition Varon A well documented, scholarly biography of Elizabeth Van Lew, the veritable spymaster at the center of the Unionist resistance movement in Richmond, VA during the Civil War But with stories about secret codes and invisible ink, the nighttime exhumation of the body of a fallen Union officer, a daring underground prison escape and all manner of subterfuge and daring, much of the book reads like an espionage novel.How did Van Lew get away with so much right bef...

  8. says:

    This was a story that needed to be told Ms Van Lew seems to have been an amazing women An accomplished spy for the north in the face of her own southern brethren, as well as a female during the time that females were indeed second class citizens not allowed to vote Clearly I have a bias such that I believe that the civil war was about slavery and not about states rights, so I enjoyed knowing that Ms Van Lew did her part from the very place where I live to support the cause This was a well This was a story that needed to be told Ms Van Lew seems to have been an amazing women An accomplished spy for the north in the face of her own southern brethren, as...

  9. says:

    It took me a long time to finish this book but it was excellent My 3 rating is because of the amount of detail in the book On the other hand the amount of research that this author completed was amazing...

  10. says:

    Good story about women spy in Richmond during Civil War Interesting book about the few Union supporters in Richmond She did much to help Union prisoners during the war I had a difficult time finishing the book after her term of Postmaster was over It was the start of...

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