The Correspondence of Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson: With Selected Editorials Written by Sarah Morgan for the Charleston News and

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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The private and public writings in this volume reveal the early relationship between renowned Civil War diarist Sarah Morgan (1842-1909) and her future husband, Francis Warrington Dawson (1840-1889). Gathered here is a selection of their letters along with various articles that Morgan wrote anonymously for theCharleston News and Courier, which Dawson owned and edited.In January 1873 Morgan met Frank Dawson, an English expatriate, Confederate veteran, and newspaperman. By then Morgan had left her native Louisiana and was living near Columbia, South Carolina, with her younger brother, James Morris Morgan. When Sarah Morgan and Frank Dawson met, he was mourning the recent death of his first wife. She, in turn, was still grieving over her family's many wartime losses.The couple's relationship came to encompass both the personal and the professional. To free Morgan from an unhappy dependence on her brother, Dawson urged her to write professionally for his paper. During 1873 Morgan wrote more than seventy pieces on such topics as French and Spanish politics, race relations, the insanity plea, funerals, and fashion gossip---editorials that caused a sensation in Charleston.Only after attaining financial independence through her secret newspaper career did Morgan marry Frank Dawson, in 1874. Morgan's commentary gives us a candid portrayal of the way one southern woman viewed her postwar world---even as she struggled to find her place in it.

Author Biography

Giselle Roberts is a research associate in the department of history at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of The Confederate Belle.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Editorial Notep. li
List of Frequently Mentioned Peoplep. lv
A Winter Romance: January-February 1873p. 1
A New Career: March-April 1873p. 19
Women: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 52
Family and Relationships: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 71
Preparing for the Springs: May-June 1873p. 91
Feu Follet's Debut: June-July 1873p. 112
The Correspondent: August 1873p. 150
Society: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 179
Politics: Editorials by Sarah Morganp. 197
A Greenville Sojourn: September-October 1873p. 207
Afterwordp. 249
Sarah Morgan's Articles and Editorials, 1873p. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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