Contentment and the Pursuit of Ambition offers a story of a family of women on a grand scale. For several generations an extended family, the Grattans, produced storng women with two of them selecting husbands who became governors. To ensure their family's success daughters and nieces engaged in business, made economic decisions, and one even set the social calendar of a governor. Before this history ends, Civil War generals organized a Southern army on the family's land. For several days the Grattans watched thousands of men prepare their estate to be a battlefield. Gun batteries could be seen from the windows of their home. Historical events can be more dramatic than fictional events in Gone With the Wind.
"The portraits of the Grattan women stand out as the book's most compelling aspect. By any reckoning these are remarkable individuals who illustrate well that stereotypes do not always apply. The strong-willed Scarlett O'Hara had nothing on the women of the Grattan family." Canter Brown, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA.
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