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The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen
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Jul 09, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 09 to 13, 2012

This was a very good historical fiction novel. Mary was a free person of color who gave up her freedom to work in the home of Jefferson Davis as both servant and Union spy. The historical records concerning Mary are thin to say the least but author Lois Leveen is well versed in the history of the time period and she fills in the gaps with her own imaginings. It is a difficult job to accurately see 19th century events without using 21st century eyes, but Leveen does a remarkable job. Mary Bowser doe not have the fame of a Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubmsn but her accomplishments should not be lost to the mists of time and thanks to Lois Leveen they are not. Well worth reading for anyone interested in Civil War history, women's history or Black history.

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