"Varina Davis, Southern Women and Civil War"

"Varina Davis, Southern Women and Civil War"

Joan Cashin

3.14.2013

Joan Cashin

Professor Joan Cashin is an historian of the United States, she specializes in social, economic, and cultural history, including the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. Cashin has published many books and articles in scholarly publications. She has served on the prize committes for the Beveridge-Dunning Prize, the Berkshire Prize, and the Lincoln Prize, as well as the selection committee for the James Madison Fellowship, among other prizes; currently she serves on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the editorial board of the journal of family history. Since 1994, she has co-edited a series on Gender Relations in the American Experience at Johns Hopkins University Press, with Professor Ron Walters. 


In celebration of Women’s History Month and in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the Arkansas Women’s History Institute and the Clinton School present a lecture on the role of Southern women in the Civil War. An associate professor at Ohio State University, Joan Cashin discusses the role of women in Arkansas and across the South in the war and provide commentary about her book “First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War,” about the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Cashin specializes in the social, economic and cultural history of the United States, including the antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Her book won the Fletcher Pratt Award from the Civil War Roundtable of New York.