The Resource Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth, Shirley A. Leckie

Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth, Shirley A. Leckie

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Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth
Title
Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth
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Shirley A. Leckie
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Language
eng
Summary
  • George Armstrong Custer's death in 1876 at the Battle of the Little Bighorn left Elizabeth Bacon Custer a thirty-four-year-old widow whose debts greatly out-weighed her financial resources. By the time she died - fifty-seven years later, on Park Avenue - she had achieved economic security, recognition as an author and lecturer, and the respect of numerous public figures. Furthermore, she had built the Custer legend, an idealized image of her husband as "a boy's hero": a brilliant military commander, a solid Christian, a patriot, and a family man without personal failings
  • Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth explores this complex woman and her role in creating the Custer myth. A true nineteenth-century woman whose religious fervor had been reinforced by attendance at two female seminaries, Elizabeth (known to friends and family as "Libbie") entered her marriage determined to convert her flamboyant husband and raise children who would become "cornerstone[s] in the great church of god." But the marriage, while passionate, brought neither the children she desired nor the idyllic happiness she later described. Military life was a struggle: at times the couple suffered lengthy separations; other times Libbie endured the privations of life on frontier posts to be near her husband. Libbie tolerated his marital infidelities and gambling, though not without complaint or flirtations of her own
  • Through it all, Libbie contributed to George Armstrong Custer's advancement far more than has been recognized. After his death, Libbie's crusade to honor him affirmed the middle-class domestic and patriotic values she held, and these were, in turn, used to justify the conquest of American Indians. Not until Libbie died did historians and military leaders feel free to re-evaluate the actions and character of General Custer. Extensively researched and unflinchingly honest, this is the first comprehensive treatment of Elizabeth Bacon Custer's remarkable life. She willingly adhered to the social, religious, and sex-role restrictions of her day, yet used her authority as model wife and widow to influence events and ideology far beyond the private sphere. From the facts of her life emerges a story no less compelling than the legend of General Custer
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Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
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Leckie, Shirley A.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E467.1.C99
LC item number
L4 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Custer, George A.
  • Custer, Elizabeth Bacon
  • Custer, Elizabeth Bacon
  • Custer, Elizabeth Bacon
  • Custer, George A.
  • Custer, Elizabeth Bacon
  • Custer, George Armstrong
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Officers' spouses
  • Indians of North America
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Indians of North America
  • Officers' spouses
  • Armed Forces
  • Persoonlijke levenssfeer
  • Mythevorming
  • Biographie
  • Mythos
  • United States, West
Label
Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth, Shirley A. Leckie
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Publication
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-400) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 419 pages
Isbn
9780806125015
Lccn
92050717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy gift of the Estate of Thomas Berger ; includes extensive marginalia by Thomas Berger.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27034742
  • (OCoLC)ocm27034742
Label
Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the making of a myth, Shirley A. Leckie
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-400) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 419 pages
Isbn
9780806125015
Lccn
92050717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy gift of the Estate of Thomas Berger ; includes extensive marginalia by Thomas Berger.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27034742
  • (OCoLC)ocm27034742

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