By Joan E. Cashin

I love Varina Davis as a result many trials and tribulations she suffered and for her innovative principles, a few of which she couldn't show due to her husband's positions.
After studying this publication, i'll by no means back have a lot admire for Jefferson Davis as a result of his remedy of her, together with his philandering. whereas he used to be away for prolonged classes, she had the complete accountability for the family members, but he appeared to not enjoy her.
The ebook used to be well-written, yet used to be now not a simple ebook to digest.

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Varina relinquished her Whig loyalties to become a Democrat like her husband, and she wrote some of his letters for him. 21 After her niece Malie Bradford joined her in Washington City, as it was sometimes called, the two women explored the town together. The social season followed the congressional calendar, opening in December and closing in March, and despite the vaulting ambitions of so many politicians concentrated in a small place, Washington was friendly to new faces. Varina had letters of introduction to Robert J.

Whatever his motives, for Varina it meant a double betrayal by her brother-in-law and her husband. She and Jefferson quarreled before he returned to the army, and the recriminations continued by mail. He informed his wife that he had stopped in New Orleans to see several “female acquaintances” he had known while he was in the army, including an officer’s wife who was able to rise above “annoyances” and write cheerful letters to her husband. He stayed at the front, fighting one war, and she stayed home, fighting another.

Nor is it clear how many of the Davis relatives knew that Joseph had not given the Brierfield title to Jefferson. 25 The explanation for Joseph’s actions—that he did not want the property to go to the Howells—does not make much sense. Joseph had known Varina’s parents for three decades, and he was well aware of William’s bankruptcy. William tried to ingratiate himself with the Davis family, running errands in Natchez for his son-in-law, and the Howells named their last child, born in 1846, after Jefferson.

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