Two American Civil War Christmas Stories

Dr Ellen Moody discusses two of Trollope’s lesser-known stories, The Widow’s Mite and The Two Generals, both American Civil War Christmas stories.

  • The Widow’s Mite was originally published in Good Words, Jan. 1863 and published in Lotta Schmidt and Other Stories, 1867.
  • The Two Generals was originally published in Good Words, Dec. 1863 and published in Lotta Schmidt and Other Stories, 1867.

Dr Moody holds a Ph.D in British Literature and taught in American senior colleges for more than 40 years. Since 2013 she has been teaching older retired people at two Oscher Institutes of Lifelong Learning, one attached to American University (Washington, DC) and other to George Mason University (in Fairfax, Va). She is also a literary scholar with specialties in 18th century literature, translation, early modern and women’s studies, film, nineteenth and 20th century literature and of course Trollope. For Trollope she wrote a book on her experiences of reading Trollope on the Internet with others, some more academic style essays, two on film adaptations, the most recent on Trollope’s depiction of settler colonialism:  “On Inventing a New Country.”   Here is her website:

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Trollopes American Civil War Christmas Stories