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Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Jennifer Chiaverini

In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.

In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.
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In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christina Moore

Length:

15h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

14:10


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

46:02


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

40:37


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

18:52


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

25:39


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

22:22


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

20:06


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

42:41


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

23:58


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

40:08


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

43:24


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

22:49


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

38:52


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

24:01


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

31:38


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

28:03


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

40:02


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

26:50


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

34:20


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

32:38


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

23:43


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

35:29


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

31:54


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

38:55


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

31:59


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

32:38


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

36:48


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

33:49


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

49:43


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

24:25


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

00:29