Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times

Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times

by Anastatia Hodgens Sims
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820333360

ISBN-13: 9780820333366

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

This first of two volumes extends from the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733 up to the Progressive era. From the beginning, Georgia women were instrumental in shaping the state, yet most histories minimize their contributions. The essays in this volume include women of many ethnicities and classes who played an important role in Georgia’s

Overview

This first of two volumes extends from the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733 up to the Progressive era. From the beginning, Georgia women were instrumental in shaping the state, yet most histories minimize their contributions. The essays in this volume include women of many ethnicities and classes who played an important role in Georgia’s history.

Though sources for understanding the lives of women in Georgia during the colonial period are scarce, the early essays profile Mary Musgrove, an important player in the relations between the Creek nation and the British Crown, and the loyalist Elizabeth Johnston, who left Georgia for Nova Scotia in 1806. Another essay examines the near-mythical quality of the American Revolution-era accounts of "Georgia's War Woman," Nancy Hart. The later essays are multifaceted in their examination of the way different women experienced Georgia's antebellum social and political life, the tumult of the Civil War, and the lingering consequences of both the conflict itself and Emancipation. After the war, both necessity and opportunity changed women's lives, as educated white women like Eliza Andrews established or taught in schools and as African American women like Lucy Craft Laney, who later founded the Haines Institute, attended school for the first time. Georgia Women also profiles reform-minded women like Mary Latimer McLendon, Rebecca Latimer Felton, Mildred Rutherford, Nellie Peters Black, and Martha Berry, who worked tirelessly for causes ranging from temperance to suffrage to education. The stories of the women portrayed in this volume provide valuable glimpses into the lives and experiences of all Georgia women during the first century and a half of the state's existence.

Historical figures include:Mary MusgroveNancy HartElizabeth Lichtenstein JohnstonEllen CraftFanny KembleFrances Butler LeighSusie King TaylorEliza Frances AndrewsAmanda America DicksonMary Ann Harris GayRebecca Latimer FeltonMary Latimer McLendonMildred Lewis RutherfordNellie Peters BlackLucy Craft LaneyMartha BerryCorra HarrisJuliette Gordon Low

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820333366
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Series:
Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series, #1
Edition description:
Volume 1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction
Ann Short Chirhart with Betty Wood 1

Mary Musgrove (ca. 1700– 1765)
Maligned Mediator or Mischievous Malefactor? 11
Julie Anne Sweet

Nancy Hart (ca. 1735– ca. 1830)
“Too Good Not to Tell Again” 33
John Thomas Scott

Elizabeth Lichtenstein Johnston (1764– 1848)
“Shot Round the World but Not Heard” 58
Ben Marsh

Ellen Craft (ca. 1826– 1891)
The Fugitive Who Fled as a Planter 82
Barbara McCaskill

Fanny Kemble (1809– 1893) and Frances Butler Leigh (1838– 1910)
Becoming Georgian 106
Daniel Kilbride

Susie King Taylor (1848– 1912)
“I Gave My Services Willingly” 130
Catherine Clinton

Eliza Frances Andrews (1840– 1931)
“I Will Have to Say ‘Damn!’ Yet, Before I Am Done with Them” 147
Christopher J. Olsen

Amanda America Dickson (1849– 1893)
A Wealthy Lady of Color in Nineteenth- Century Georgia 173
Kent Anderson Leslie

Mary Gay (1829– 1918)
Sin, Self, and Survival in the Post– Civil War South 199
Michele Gillespie

Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835– 1930)
The Problem of Protection in the New South 224
LeeAnn Whites

Mary Latimer McLendon (1840– 1921)
“Mother of Suff rage Work in Georgia” 245
Stacey Horstmann Gatti

Mildred Lewis Rutherford (1851– 1928)
The Redefi nition of New South White Womanhood 272
Sarah Case

Nellie Peters Black (1851– 1919)
Georgia’s Pioneer Club Woman 297
Carey Olmstead Shellman

Lucy Craft Laney (1855– 1933) and Martha Berry (1866– 1942)
Lighting Fires of Knowledge 318
Jennifer Lund Smith

Corra Harris (1869– 1935)
The Storyteller as Folk Preacher 341
Donald Mathews

Juliette Gordon Low (1860– 1927)
Late- Blooming Daisy 370
Anastatia Hodgens Sims

Selected Bibliography 391
List of Contributors 399
Index 403

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