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The Widow's War by Sally Cabot Gunning
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Nov 28, 2011

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Read from November 25 to 26, 2011

Interesting story about a pre-revolutionary war widow trying to save her property (and some autonomy) for herself after her husband's death. It was interesting to read about how few rights women had back then. Essentially, as a widow she had rights to one-third of the property her husband had. The remainder was with her closest male relative--her unscrupulous son-in-law. For me, I was already familiar with women's rights back then. This was not revolutionary (so-to-speak) to me. More interesting was the lack of any sort of emotion or affection between family members, including ones own children. I suppose a little emotional distance is required when so many of your children die before reaching adulthood. This is a good solid book, but nothing very interesting to recommend it further.

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