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"The Comfort of Many Depends... Upon Me":  Women's Roles in the Civil War North and South

Wesley Borucki
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Course Description

This presentation will highlight how the Civil War expanded opportunities for women in public roles on both sides of the conflict. Whether as teachers, nurses, doctors, clerks, aid and relief organizers, and even some soldiers and spies, many women played important roles and provided colorful stories over the Civil War period, both in the North and in the South. We shall examine specific examples of women's greater agency in the public eye. As even General William Tecumseh Sherman said of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, a woman who organized hospitals as Union armies advanced in the South and who was mentioned in Ken Burns' PBS Civil War documentary series, "She ranks me."

About the Instructor

  • Wesley Borucki, Ph.D., a native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his 19th year as an Associate Professor of American History at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His specialties are the Antebellum South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Alabama, where he edited the annual journal “Southern Historian.” Professor Borucki has published two biographies for Nova Science Publisher’s “First Men, America’s Presidents” series: “Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer” was published in 2014 and “George H.W. Bush: In Defense of Principle” was published in 2011. He was part of C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey Group in 2021. Professor Borucki received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994) and his bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University (1992).