Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida

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This collection enriches our understanding of the history of modern Florida and the role women played in it. To a degree greater than any other southern state in the twentieth century, Florida experienced dramatic economic, political, social, and environmental challenges, and Florida's women were in the forefront of the great social and political responses to those challenges. These thirteen essays describe the contributions made by women in urban renewal, civil liberties, civil rights, child welfare, labor ...
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Overview

This collection enriches our understanding of the history of modern Florida and the role women played in it. To a degree greater than any other southern state in the twentieth century, Florida experienced dramatic economic, political, social, and environmental challenges, and Florida's women were in the forefront of the great social and political responses to those challenges. These thirteen essays describe the contributions made by women in urban renewal, civil liberties, civil rights, child welfare, labor unions, education, environmental protection, rural extension work, and women's liberation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813027678
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. I Political Pioneers
1 Ruth Bryan Owen: Florida's First Congresswoman and Lifetime Activist 23
2 Seminole Activist: The Life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper 56
3 In Pursuit of Power: The Political Economy of Women's Activism in Twentieth-Century Tampa 78
Pt. II Rural Reformers
4 Improving Rural Life in Florida: Home Demonstration Work and Rural Reform, 1912-1940 105
5 Strawberry Fields and Bean Rows: Lois Lenski's Florida Children 128
Pt. III Environmentalists
6 Up from the Sawgrass: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Influence of Female Activism in Florida Conservation 147
7 A Passion for Wild Things: Marjorie Harris Carr and the Fight to Free a River 177
8 "Is This What We Came to Florida For?" Florida Women and the Fight against Air Pollution in the 1960s 197
Pt. IV Post-World War II Activists
9 One Woman's Courage: Ruth Perry and the Johns Committee 229
10 Elizabeth Virrick, the Maverick of Miami Slum Clearance 250
Pt. V Freedom Fighters
11 "Without Compromise or Fear": Florida's African American Female Activists 269
12 "We Took the Leadership Anyway": Women's Social Activism during the Civil Rights Era in St. Petersburg 293
13 Origins and Impact of Gainesville Women's Liberation, the First Women's Liberation Organization in the South 312
Contributors and Editors 327
Index 329
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