Who hasn't felt stuck in a rut, unsure what to do next in life? I have, and chances are, you have, too.
Now, add to that uncertainty a country in the midst of Civil War and a time when relations between the sexes and races were undergoing radical transformation. Mix in some family drama. Then you will understand what drew me to the story of Julia Wilbur, and why, I think, her story will also absorb you.
Potomac Books/U of Nebraska Press will publish A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose, my biography of Julia Wilbur, in Fall of 2017.
An abolitionist and teacher in Rochester, NY, Julia Wilbur spent most of the war in Union-occupied Alexandria, VA. The only unmarried daughter in a large Quaker family, she almost lived out her days on her family's farm, caring for her father and passing the time until she died.
As I await publication, I have posted content about her life and times here, including tidbits that did not make it into the book.