The Sea Captain's Wife
This beautifully rendered biography tells the fascinating story of Eunice Richardson Stone Connolly, a mill worker in New Hampshire during the mid-1800s. In hopes of improving their fortunes, Eunice and her husband relocate to the South, but when the Civil War erupts, he fights for the Confederacy, and Eunicedesperately homesickgoes back to New Hampshire. Although she is dirt poor, Eunice is nevertheless respected in society because she is white. Once she learns that her husband is dead, however, Eunice bravely defies convention and marries a wealthy black sea captain from Grand Cayman Island, returning with him to his home in the Caribbean. Hodes draws on a collection of Connolly's letters to construct a wonderfully detailed portrait of her fearless young heroine and of America during a critical time in its evolution. Exploring the conflict between the North and the South, and the implications of mixed marriages in an era when such unions were unthinkable, Hodes, who is a historian at New York University, writes with authority. She brings a wealth of knowledge to this compelling and authentic recreation of Connolly's life.
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