Paula Tarnapol Whitacre


Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre is a transplanted New Englander who now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She became a freelance writer shortly after DC’s “Blizzard of 1996,” when she realized she could make a living from home instead of trudging downtown to an office. Her biography of Julia Wilbur, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time (Potomac Books, 2017), tells the story of another woman who made a mid-life change — an abolitionist from Rochester, NY, who worked as a relief agent in Union-occupied Alexandria during the Civil War and then spent the rest of her life in Washington.
 


8 entries by Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

Book Review

The Turning Point: 1851 — A Year That Changed Charles Dickens and the World

A deftly wrought, limited glimpse of the canonical author’s life and environs.

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The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III

He’s hardly the bumbling, rapping monarch from “Hamilton.”

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Stolen

By Richard Bell

Stolen

A little-known part of the Peculiar Institution is brought to light in this turbulent, affecting story.

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Lady First

By Amy S. Greenberg

Lady First

A pre-Civil War political spouse recognizes the power of her position.

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

A little-known part of the Peculiar Institution is brought to light in this turbulent, affecting story.

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Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

A pre-Civil War political spouse recognizes the power of her position.

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The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

Meet the public servant who secured one of the country's iconic national treasures.

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The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

One of America’s lesser-known commanders-in-chief finally gets his due.