Thursday, October 21, 2010

Women in the Civil War!

As I've mentioned, I've been studying the Civil War with my son for school. I'm now doing further research for my own personal study. Imagine my delight when I found out how many books there are on the role women played in the Civil War.

Above are just some of the books I've checked out from the library. I've already read, Women at the Front and I'll Pass for Your Comrade.

It is amazing what so many women dared to do that was considered "unladylike" and "scandalous" behavior. Women were nurses, some out on battlefields with bullet holes in their dresses, as proof of their courage. Women were spies on both the north and the south side when it was an offense punishable by hanging. Women took over all duties at their homesteads when their men went off to fight. Somehow, they managed to run farms and businesses all while doing their 24/7 duties that they already had, including raising large families on their own.

Yet, last but not least, over 400 women disguised themselves as men so they could actually fight as soldiers on the battlefield.

I hope to do some individual reviews of the books and maybe profiles of some of the amazing women!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Studying The Civil War!

I am studying the Civil War with my youngest son and I am loving it. National Geographic's Atlas of the Civil War is an excellent, comprehensive book that covers every detail of the Civil War. It has excellent time lines for each year of the war.

The Civil War documentary by Ken Burns is wonderful. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. I had numerous people recommend it to me and it is regarded as one of the best documentaries of all time.

Fields of Fury does a great job of highlighting the important battles and people of the Civil War.

The Civil War for Kids was one of several craft books that I got to do activities with my son. One of the things we are doing is making a Civil War alphabet book.

The Long Road to Gettysburg is an audio book telling about the events leading up to Gettysburg through the eyes of a Confederate and a Union soldier.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ronald Reagan's Faith!

I just finished listening to Hand of Providence (The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan) by Mary Beth Brown. I can't say enough good things about it. I learned so much about Ronald Reagan's life and his faith.

The Cd version is great because it includes speeches that were made by those that were at Reagan's funeral. I especially loved the speeches by George W. Bush and Margaret Thatcher.

Yet, most of all I was amazed at what a personal and genuine faith that Reagan had that so many people, including myself, weren't aware of. Reagan's Mother was a strong Christian and an optimist, his Dad was an alcoholic and a pessimist. It isn't hard to see who Reagan chose to emulate.

As I listened, it reminded me once again how much I want to be an optimist like Ronald Reagan and Tony Snow. They both chose to be immersed in politics and yet, refused to become jaded.

Hand of Providence was so good that I am now inspired to read another book on Reagan's faith, God and Ronald Reagan. Stay tuned for a review in the future.

Related posts:
Why I Love Ronald Reagan~~Part 1
Why I love Ronald Reagan~~Part 2
Why I love Ronald Reagan~~Part 3