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Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Kathleen Diffley

Abstract

In the wake of the Civil War, Constance Fenimore Woolson became one of the first northern observers to linger in the defeated states from Virginia to Florida. Born in New Hampshire in 1840 and raised in Ohio, she was the grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper and was gaining success as a writer when she departed in 1873 for St. Augustine. During the next six years, she made her way across the South and reported what she saw, first in illustrated travel accounts and then in the poetry, stories, and serialized novels that brought unsettled social relations to the pages of Harper’s Monthly, the Atla ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Constance Fenimore Woolson, James Fenimore Cooper, St. Augustine, serialized novels, Harper’s Monthly, Scribner>’s Monthly, Appletons’ Journal, Reconstruction, New Southern Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617030253
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Diffley, editor

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