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Love and Duty, Love and Duty, 0817314806, 0-8173-1480-6, 978-0-8173-1480-4, 9780817314804, , , Love and Duty, 0817352945, 0-8173-5294-5, 978-0-8173-5294-3, 9780817352943,

Love and Duty
Amelia and Josiah Gorgas and Their Family

2005. 144 pp.
Price:  $39.95 s

The intricate personal relationships of a notable Alabama family

Known respectively as the chief of the Confederate Ordnance Bureau and as the university librarian, Josiah and Amelia Gorgas were important members of the University of Alabama and regional communities. Their marriage spanned the Civil War and its aftermath and epitomized the Victorian concept of separate spheres for husband and wife. They were two strong personalities who deeply respected and complemented each other.
Love and Duty focuses on the couple's relationship as well as their relationships with other Gorgas family members. Because the large but close-knit family was highly literate and often separated, they produced an extraordinary quantity and quality of correspondence and related manuscripts that span three generations. Family members corresponded with each other almost daily. In these letters and in journals, they commented on contemporary events, gave advice, philosophized about life, death, love, marriage, parenting, war, and defeat. These thousands of documents provide a remarkable window into the private world of a 19th-century southern family. Wiggins examines Josiah’s and Amelia’s attitudes toward a vast range of topics, but most notably family, which was everything to the couple.

Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Alabama and author/editor of The Scalawag in Alabama Politics, 1865-1881; From Civil War to Civil Rights, Alabama 1860-1960: An Anthology from "The Alabama Review"; and The Journals of Josiah Gorgas, 1857-1878.

“Sarah Wiggins’s Love and Duty is an important contribution to southern history. Splendid research in the scattered and extensive Gorgas papers allows Wiggins to blend Civil War, Reconstruction, family and gender analysis into a history of the 19th-century south. The Gorgases lived full and poignant lives before, during, and after ‘the war.’ Wiggins tells deftly how they lived, loved, parented, and coped with war and desolation and so presents social history at its comprehensive best.” --Frank E. Vandiver, author of Ploughshares into Swords: Josiah Gorgas and Confederate Ordnance

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