THE CIVIL WAR. The 1860s were the ten most momentous years of Julia's life. In 1860, she was forty-one years old. She had given birth to her sixth child, but she may have expected to have more; the average age of menopause in the 1850s was forty-six, and Chev thought eight children were a reasonable and healthful number for a family.
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Julia Ward (1819-1910) was an heiress and aspiring poet when she married Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the education of the blind. Together the Howes knew many of the key figures of their era, from Charles Dickens to John Brown. But Samuel also wasted Julia's inheritance, isolated and discouraged her, and opposed her literary ambitions. Julia persisted, and continued to publish poems and plays while raising six children. Authorship of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" made her celebrated and revered. But Julia was also continuing to fight a civil war at home; she became a pacifist, suffragist, and world traveler. She came into her own as a tireless campaigner for women's rights and social reform. Esteemed author Elaine Showalter tells the story of Howe's determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame.
This "lively biography" (The New Yorker) is the first to tell the story of Julia Ward Howe as a powerful feminist pioneer.Julia Ward (1819-1910) was an heiress who married a handsome accomplished doctor who worked with the blind and deaf.