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Special Interests

Caroline Cox's Special Interests

My research is primarily on the American Revolution. After I wrote a book called A Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington's Army (2004), I became interested in all kinds of issues concerning war and social change. My latest project is on boy soldiers (kids under 16) who fought in the Revolution. My interest in war and society also led me to move to another period, World War I, and write about the experience of shell shock in that war.

My interest in the lives of children in history led me to another project: the story of a teenage girl, Elizabeth Evans Hughes, in the early 1920s who was one of the first recipients of insulin when it was discovered in 1922. My biography of her, The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin, was published in 2009.