If you think knitting needles, sewing scissors, casting a beguiling eye, or rocking the cradle were the ONLY weapons in the larders of American Civil War women, then you will want to join us as we delve into the lives and escapades of women spies, women soldiers, women healers, and women who influenced generals and presidents. Climb aboard the underground railroad and make the acquaintance of a woman conductor. Learn the thoughts and actions of some African American women who struggled for their freedom. Don’t miss the suffragettes who worked tirelessly for black emancipation and suffrage, only to find themselves ignored by the 15th Amendment. Men, as well as women, are encouraged to join us as we examine some of the nontraditional roles of women in the American Civil War: north and south, black and white, free and slave. The texts for this class are Stealing Secrets by H. Donald Winkler (Cumberland House, 2010) and An Uncommon Soldier edited by Laura Cook Burgess (Oxford University Press,1995). Canvas used extensively. No class on 11/26/20.