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Recipient of the 1996 Jefferson Davis Award. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust. Drawing on eloquent primary sources, this work shows the upheval caused by the Civil War, the disintegration of slavery, and the disappearance of prewar prosperity in the lives of the Confederacy's elite women. (326 pages, 9.25 x 6, Paperback)