Emilie Davis's Civil War book cover

Emilie Davis's Civil War book cover

book cover of Emilie Davis's Civil War edited by Judith Giesberg

“Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863–1865” edited by Judith Giesberg, transcribed and annotated by The Memorable Days Project (2014, Penn State University Press) furnishes a new window through which to view the Civil War’s major events. Davis worked as a seamstress, attended the Institute for Colored Youth, and was an active member of her community. Her diaries give readers a rare look at how the war was experienced as a part of everyday life — how its dramatic turns and lulls and its pervasive, agonizing uncertainty affected a Northern city with a vibrant Black community.

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