Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for 2018.
"Harris's biography unearths the drama and danger of living in a
border city under Union control during the [Civil War] years."
Los Angeles Review of Books
Rebecca Harding Davis was a renowned 19th-century author and journalist whose career spanned from the pre-Civil War years to the early 20th century. Her personal and professional relationships with everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne to President Grover Cleveland placed her at the center of a world in transition--a transition she helped shape.
"Harris’s lucidly written, meticulously researched study captures the combination of moral purpose, extraordinary self-confidence, and sheer gumption that propelled Walker into a life of public service and controversy."
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
Dr. Mary Walker was the only woman contracted as a surgeon by the U.S. Army during the Civil War, and she is the only woman in U.S. history to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for her work as a physician--and as a spy--during the war. A radical supporter of women's rights, she personified independence and determination.
Dr. Mary Walker featured on Lawrence O’Donnell’s “The Last Word,” MSNBC, September 2015,
See my interview for “Mary Edwards Walker,” NBC News blog, May 26, 2014,