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Civil War Upset America’s Idea of Victorian Domesticity

As part of the AAUW’s “Women Today and Yesterday” theme, UW-River Falls history professor Kurt Leichtle will speak at the River Falls Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, on the topic of “Women in the Civil War.”

As part of the AAUW’s (American Association of University Women) “Women Today and Yesterday” theme, UW-River Falls history professor Kurt Leichtle will speak at the River Falls Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., on the topic of “Women in the Civil War.”

He will explore the many and varied roles women played in that conflict, as well as how society was permanently changed by their participation. 

American women performed heroically during the Civil War in many vastly different roles, aiding their sides in the war effort and upsetting America’s ideal of Victorian domesticity.

There are some high-profile women mentioned in Civil War annals, and many thousands more whose struggles went largely unrecorded. And, there were several hundred others who were hoping to remain undiscovered for various reasons.

Leichtle’s program promises some surprises, and an interesting look at how this all radically changed women’s roles in American life.

The talk is free, and is being co-sponsored by the AAUW and River Falls Public Library. It will be held in the lower level community room.

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