Mathilde Franziska Anneke’s Civil War: Milwaukee’s Famous German-American Feminist, 1859-1865
This presentation is held in conjunction with the display of the Max Kade Institute's traveling exhibit "Neighbors Past Present" at the Milwaukee Public Library - Central Branch.
it introduces the Mathilde Franziska Anneke, the revolutionary, writer, feminist, abolitionist, and educator, through excerpts from her own correspondence. Anneke’s eventful life provides insights into both the international dimensions of the US Civil War and the character of passionate relationships between women in the nineteenth century. In 1859, Anneke met abolitionist and writer Mary Booth in Milwaukee. After Booth’s husband Sherman was tried for “seduction” and imprisoned for his abolitionist activism, the two women left for Switzerland, where they remained engaged in Civil War politics and followed the ill-fated military career of Anneke’s husband Fritz.
Alison Clark Efford is Associate Professor of History at Marquette University. She is author of German Immigrants, Race, and Citizenship in the Civil War Era. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Viktorija Bilic (UWM) on a book about Mathilde Franziska Anneke, which is under contract with the University of Georgia Press.