A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes unusually, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly).
Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the intense international of Eunice Connolly. Born white and negative in New England, Eunice moved from nation-state to manufacturing unit urban, labored within the turbines, then her husband to the Deep South. whilst the Civil warfare got here, Eunice's brothers joined the Union military whereas her husband fought and died for the Confederacy. again in New England, a widow and the mum of 2, Eunice slightly acquired via as a washerwoman, being affected by crushing melancholy. 4 years later, she fell in love with a black sea captain, married him, and moved to his domestic within the West Indies. Following each lead in a set of 500 kin letters, Hodes traced Eunice's footsteps and met descendants alongside the best way. This tale of misfortune and defiance takes up grand subject matters of yankee history―opportunity and racism, battle and freedom―and illuminates the lives of standard humans long ago. forty seven illustrations
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Clarence is easily and desires to be remembered with a lot like to you and all of the different buddies. Christmas will quickly be right here so i'll want you a Merry satisfied one. O, if i'll purely pay attention from you and understand how it really is with then you i might understand what to put in writing to you. yet mom i would like you to inform me for you to pop out the following and stay with me. i can't say a lot now for now not having heard any factor from you i don't understand how your brain is in the direction of me and mine, so i can't make you a lot of a proposal untill I do listen from you. i will be able to purely inform you i've got a contented domestic and an indulgent loving Husband. Mr Connolly is disapointed in crusing this present day as a result of a few livestock that have been to be forwarded to him the day past and feature now not but arrived. he'll look ahead to them untill day after today after which elect or with out them. My little Louie is dozing in her Hammock. Clara is in class. take into account me to the entire kin and all others who consider any manner approximately me. you want to excuse me for i've got written rather a lot to you and such a lot of occasions that i don't recognize what to assert to you yet I count on I must have adequate to assert if i may yet listen from you. the place is Charlie Put.? if not anyone desires to write to me I should still imagine he may write Clarence, they used to imagine a lot of one another. I usually imagine you'll pop out the following and be as contented as i've been. What a great time we'd have. i've got a lots to consume drink & put on and don't need to sit up straight nights stitching through Lamp mild making and trimming attire to get it greater. i need to say so long. E. L. Connolly To conjure Grand Cayman Island while Eunice lived there, go away George city, the place the airplanes land and the cruise ships dock, the place boutiques and dive outlets crowd the capital’s small streets, and inns and condominiums line the recognized Seven Mile seashore. at the different part of the island, within the village of East finish, a wide sand cemetery was the positioning of the three-gabled Presbyterian church the place the Connolly kinfolk worshiped, and gravestones nonetheless undergo their identify. touring east, you return to a plot of non-public seashore land, adjoining to an area bar, that could be the positioning the place Smiley outfitted a home for his new bride; of their day, the valuables prolonged around the present-day street, the entire as far back as the cliffs. Or Eunice and Smiley can have lived a piece farther east nonetheless, on land that sits among the Seventh-Day Adventist church and what's now a taking part in box. previous the general public library comes a smaller sand cemetery, the resting position of Thomas Dighton Conolly, Smiley’s part brother (all yet Smiley spelled the identify with one n in these days), whom Eunice referred to as Brother Dighton. Eunice’s complete global reworked whilst she crossed limitations of race and state to dwell in a cost of freed slaves on an island within the distant western Caribbean. On Eunice’s Grand Cayman, there has been no graveyard via Brother Dighton’s apartment, and no roads, for the land lay unbroken from seashore to inside, crossed merely via footpaths or bridle tracks. together with her husband and kids, Eunice traversed those paths, prayed within the church that stood at the sand, sailed at the bay within the evenings, and gazed day-by-day upon the ocean.