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Many headaches, nervous conditions, Prairie Girlhood 25 and delicate constitutions were probably due to boredom and depression. “Dependence and powerlessness . . had a physical cost,” observes one feminist historian. 28 Another Southern woman from Lizzie’s generation who shared Lizzie’s relatively high level of education wrote in her diary after the Civil War, “I feel sometimes such an impatience of my life and its narrow lot as I can scarcely describe. I want to go and see something better than I have ever known.
By 1865, there was little left of the Green estate except for the land and several hundred dollars in debts. James and Lizzie built a frame house near the foundations of the burned-out mansion. While James took up farming, his old partners in the J. W. Bailey Company rebuilt the business into a prosperous dry goods store that operated in St. Joseph at least through the mid-1880s. By 1867, all the older Green children except for Lizzie began to sell off their shares of the family landholdings whenever they needed to raise money.
S. flag, the mayor requested federal troops from Fort Leavenworth. Every time the Union troops left the town, rioting and looting by both sides ensued, resulting in the reestablishment of military rule. 35 An early history of Andrew County recounted, During the years 1862–63, and a part of 1864, a reign of terror existed in Andrew County, the like of which the citizens pray may never again be enacted within her borders. ” People stayed in their towns or on their farms, afraid to venture out, and many houses were deserted.