DACOR: Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868
Ms. Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, Ms. Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Washington, DC found itself caught between warring sides in a 4-year battle that would determine the future of the U.S. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to war, the women of Washington joined the cause as well. And more women went to the capital to enlist as nurses, supply organizers and journalists. Roberts chronicles these women's increasing independence, their political empowerment, their indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war and in helping heal it once the fighting was done in Capital Dames. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.