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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
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    Sep 2018, 416 pages

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Valerie Morales

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The fictionalized life of Cathy Williams, the first African-American woman to enlist in the U. S. Army, is breathtaking, fascinating and daring – one evocative adventure after the next.

Sarah Bird's historical novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, imagines, with a grand flourish, the life of Cathy Williams (1844-1893.) In plain, often crisp, vernacular Bird reminds us that Cathy Williams broke barriers. She didn't suffer fools. She fought men and avoided rape by being cunning. She fell in love and embraced sorrow. She hid her femininity. Williams' place in history is firmly established: disguised as a man, she was the first known African-American woman to enlist as a U.S. Army soldier and the only one documented to have served in the US army in the 19th century.

But Bird draws a much wider arc in her novel, and presents Cathy Williams as an exceptional woman from the beginning. Not long after Williams kills her master Old Mister because he was raping her sister Clemmie, Union general Phillip Sheridan descends upon the tobacco farm and takes Williams, dropping ...

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