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We were blockaded on every side, could get nothing from without, so had to make everything at home; and having been heretofore only an agricultural people, it became necessary for every home to be supplied with spinning wheels and the old-fashioned loom, in order to manufacture clothing for the members of the family. My duties…were numerous and often laborious; the family on the increase continually, and every one added increased labor and responsibility. And this was the case with the typical Southern woman… Victoria V. Clayton

The secret eye : the journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889    Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1990 edited by Virginia Ingraham Burr ; introduction by Nell Irvin Painter United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives, Confederate Hardcover. xvii, 469 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas, who was born to wealth and privilege and reared in the tradition of the southern belle, tells of the hard days of war and the poverty brought on by emancipation and Reconstruction. Her entries illuminate experiences shared with thousands of other southern women.

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