[ Read Online Winnie Davis Ó young-adult-science-fiction PDF ] by Heath Hardage Lee Ó Well researched and well written biography of Winnie Davis, youngest child of Jefferson and Varina Davis, born in 1864 and adopted by citizens of the Confederacy and ultimately by veterans of the Confederacy and United Daughters of the Confederacy as a symbol of a mythologized Confederate culture.
The book explores the information that is available about Winnie and her relationship to her parents and siblings She ultimately is a tragic figure, a captive to the people who idolize her and the culture she represents to them , and to her parents emotional needs and controlling interests in her life She died at the age of 34, after developing a brief career as a writer The author deftly explores the contradictions in Winnie s personality and life For A very well written and well researched biography that is also extremely readable and entertaining A fascinating look at Jefferson Davis tragic family and an exploration of the post war south through the life of his daughter Winnie I did not think that there werestories to tell about this era, but Heath Hardage Lee has found some Highly recommend.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway This fascinating biography deals with the life of Winnie Davis, the youngest daughter of Jefferson and Varina Davis After the War Between the States, many who had supported the Confederacy tried to make Winnie a symbol of enduring Southern virtues While her life was lived out not as a symbol, but as a human being, the War overshadowed everything she did Her role as The Daughter of the Confederacy had a profound impact on her major life decisions, at times causing her to make excruciating sacrifices This book contains a few errors in editing, for example, Winnie s brother Joe is referred to as Joe, Jr a few times near the beginning of the book, and there is at least one missing period at the end of a sentence A few sentences were confusing to me Also, Lee tends to repeat herself at times This book is the first biography of Varina Anne Winnie Davis, the youngest child of Confederate president Jefferson Davis Born at the end of the Civil War, Winnie eventually became a living symbol of the Southern wife and family for defeated Confederates Although highly educated in Germany and very publicly engaged, Winnie died young and single Winnie was the sixth and youngest child of Jefferson Davis and his second wife Varina Jefferson s first wife died tragically just months after their marriage, and Jefferson is said to have never completely recovered from this loss Jefferson and his second wife Varina lost their first child, Samuel as a baby By the time Winnie was born the family had expanded from the loss of their first child to include Margaret, Jeff Jr.
, Joseph, and William Tragically, just months before Winnie was born in 1864, young Joe fell from a Heath Hardage Lee deserves five stars for being the first scholar to unearth and tell this fascinating story It boggles the mind that it took so long for Winnie to earn her own biography The book deserves another five stars for being a wonderfully written and powerful read.
I picked this up at Chop Suey books probably my favorite indie book shop on Cary Street in Richmond Hadn t heard of it but it was on the front tableread it in one big gulp Interesting stuff, compellingly written Shout out to Wonton the cat heath does justice to this interesting woman and defines the Davis family exquisitely What a snooze fest Book club selection Really awful writing, bad editing and a boring subject read like a poorly written masters thesis.