Bridging Two Eras: The Autobiography of Emily Newell Blair, 1877-1951

Bridging Two Eras: The Autobiography of Emily Newell Blair, 1877-1951

by Emily Newell Blair
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826212549

ISBN-13: 9780826212542

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

First written in 1937 and never before published, Bridging Two Eras is the fascinating autobiography of Emily Newell Blair, a remarkable woman who successfully reconciled a productive public life with the traditional values of a housewife and mother.

Because Blair's life essentially spanned two eras, from the end of the nineteenth century through the

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First written in 1937 and never before published, Bridging Two Eras is the fascinating autobiography of Emily Newell Blair, a remarkable woman who successfully reconciled a productive public life with the traditional values of a housewife and mother.

Because Blair's life essentially spanned two eras, from the end of the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth, she thought of herself as a bridge builder. A dedicated feminist, she wanted her autobiography to help women understand what life was like during that transition time. She had moved from being a conventional, middle-class, midwestern wife and mother to becoming an acclaimed author, a nationally known feminist, and vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee only two years after women gained the right to vote. She felt that her story could encourage women to take their rightful places in public life.

Bridging Two Eras is divided into two parts. Book I is a charming evocation of life in southwest Missouri in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It offers great insight into family relationships, class structure, and social attitudes typical of much of small-town America. Book II addresses Blair's public career and follows her progress as professional writer, suffrage activist, and partisan politician. Included are acute judgments of leading political figures, fascinating vignettes of the suffrage movement, an insider's view of the workings of the national Democratic Party in the 1920s and 1930s, and a valuable outlook on Missouri politics during the first third of the twentieth century.

Perceptive and introspective, Blair captivates her readers as she traces her own evolution. With candor, she explains her conflicts between family and career, acknowledging the difficulties and tensions she faced in pursuing a public life. Delightfully written, Bridging Two Eras provides valuable insight into all the possibilities, as well as the limitations, life then held for an American woman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826212542
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Emily Newell Blairxi
The Autobiographyxvix
Chronologyxxiii
Book 1Nineteenth-Century Life
1"Go West, Young Man"3
2Mover's Blood9
3Waiting for Her Carriage14
4School Days in the Eighties18
5Midwest25
6More of the Midwest32
7Our Droll Generation36
8Adolescent Mixture43
9Girlhood52
10Grown Up at Last61
11Broken Circle68
12Young Lady73
13Blessed Be the Dabblers81
14On to Matrimony90
15Role of Wife98
16Bleacher Seat102
Book 2Twentieth-Century Life
1The Fertile Years131
2Small-Town Writer142
3Woman's Suffrage--1914 Style156
4The Middle of the Bridge168
5World War I179
6Point and Counterpoint185
7Edging into Politics197
8Standing the Gaff215
9The "Outs" Were the "Ins"222
10Wooing the Minority231
11My Fairy Godmother235
12Campaigning for Congress249
13Tug of War258
14The Dog's Tail266
15Women's Way of Winning274
16Tickets, Please!282
17Emotional Spectacle290
18Magnificent--but Not Winning299
19Printer's Ink306
20Stomping Ground311
21Republican Game and Democratic Religious Revival318
22All Things to All Men327
23Democratic Stock332
24Political Swan Song342
25So Far349
Bibliography359
Index373

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