Gertrude Thomas was a gracious and brave 19th Century Southern woman whose remarkable life will uplift readers and motivate confidence in one’s own ability to triumph over seemingly impossible odds.
Born as a wealthy plantation daughter and becoming a planter’s wife in the glory days before the Civil War, Gertrude Thomas experienced lost wealth and family strife during the turmoil of the war itself and Reconstruction. This transformation led Thomas to become a more independent thinker who moved forward to embrace the most progressive issues of her time, particularly the vote for women, gender equality, and the wrong of slavery. She made such significant contributions as starting a school and becoming president of the Georgia Woman Suffrage Association the first time it met in convention in 1899.
The author of this remarkable work, Carolyn Curry, has devoted over 25 years to studying Thomas’ life and passionately rendering Thomas alive on the page. Carolyn has brought together Thomas’ miraculous 41-year diary of 450,000 words, 15 scrapbooks, and legal documents in a candid and genuine telling of the full story of this important woman’s life covering almost 60 years.
Carolyn Curry received a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and PhD Degrees in history from Georgia State University. She is also the founder and chair of Women Alone Together, a non-profit foundation created to meet the needs of women who are alone. Suffer and Grow Strong, The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907 brings to fruition Carolyn’s own life’s passion to promote the well-being of women past and present.