April 13, 2011
9.50 Inches (US)
6.50 Inches (US)
1 Pounds (US)
$29.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

Deliver Us from Evil

A Southern Belle in Europe at the Outbreak of World War I

On August 1, 1914, as the Great War erupted in Europe and financial and physical resources were realigned toward the war effort, some 120,000 American travelers scattered across the Continent suddenly found themselves in the midst of a vast warzone without means of escape. Among the stranded Americans was twenty-five-year-old Nancy Johnson, the daughter of influential U.S. Congressman Ben Johnson of Kentucky. Using Nancy Johnson's letters and photographs, her granddaughter Mary W. Schaller recounts the harrowing chronicle of Johnson's flight from war-torn Europe.

A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, Johnson (1890-1982) had grown weary of five consecutive seasons of the Washington, D.C., social scene in her father's shadow. In May 1914 she opted to undertake a modern Grand Tour of Europe with her friend Ethel Norris. Armed with letters of introduction written by President Woodrow Wilson, Johnson and Norris anticipated lavish travels through Europe. The duo was in Switzerland en route from Venice to Paris when they learned of the German declaration of war on Russia. With civilian train service to Paris cancelled, Johnson and Norris retreated to Venice, where Johnson discovered that she could no longer cash checks at the Italian banks. The young women struggled to reach Genoa, where a group of wealthy American travelers, including Frederick Vanderbilt, were chartering ships for their fellow citizens.

Johnson and Norris were among the elite four hundred passengers on the first ship to leave Genoa, but the two-week voyage home proved to be as tension-filled as the flight that came before it. Their vessel was repeatedly stopped by British warships and had to evade attack by German submarines. Despite her trials Johnson returned safely to Washington in late August.

9781570039508 : deliver-us-from-evil-schaller
$29.99 USD

Other Titles from Women's Diaries and Letters of the South

A Dream and a Chisel

Angela Gregory
Feb 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - Hardback
$39.99 USD - Electronic book text

Southern Women in the Progressive Era

Giselle Roberts
Feb 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$59.99 USD - Hardback
$59.99 USD - Electronic book text

A New Southern Woman

edited by Giselle Roberts
Jan 2013 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.99 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in HISTORY / Military / World War I

John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919

edited by John T. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Jul 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$85.00 USD - Electronic book text
$85.00 USD - Electronic book text

Kentucky and the Great War

David J. Bettez
Oct 2019 - University Press of Kentucky
$45.00 USD - Hardback
$26.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Blood, Guts, and Grease

Jon B. Mikolashek, foreword by Paul T. Mikolashek
Sep 2019 - University Press of Kentucky
$45.00 USD - Hardback