More than Petticoats: Remarkable Illinois Women

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More than Petticoats: Remarkable Illinois Women profiles the lives of twelve of the Prairie State’s most important historical figures born before 1900. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women, each in her separate field, helped build the proud history of America’s twenty-first state.

Anna Elizabeth Slough journeyed to Illinois when it was considered part of the untamed “Far West” and later ran her own hotel in Peoria. Myra Bradwell championed better working...

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Overview

More than Petticoats: Remarkable Illinois Women profiles the lives of twelve of the Prairie State’s most important historical figures born before 1900. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women, each in her separate field, helped build the proud history of America’s twenty-first state.

Anna Elizabeth Slough journeyed to Illinois when it was considered part of the untamed “Far West” and later ran her own hotel in Peoria. Myra Bradwell championed better working conditions and bravely paved the way for labor regulation. Jane Addams, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, spent her entire adult life educating and caring for Chicago’s poor and downtrodden.

Each of these women demonstrated an independence of spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their extraordinary lives in this captivating collection of biographies.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Janet Julian
Twelve of the Prairie State's important women born before 1900 are profiled: Christina Holmes Tillson (1798—1872), a historian, a Yankee living on the prairie; Anna Elizabeth Slough (1800—1878), a feisty pioneer wife and mother who founded a successful hotel; Emma Hale Smith (1804—1879), the wife of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, founder of the Mormon Church; Lydia Moss Bradley (1816—1908), the first woman in the nation to become a bank president; Candace McCormick Reed (1818—1900), a photographer of note as well as a philanthropist who helped many Civil War soldiers; Mary Todd Lincoln (1818—1882), a "misunderstood first lady"—the relentless press was rarely her friend, oftentimes publishing hearsay tales of her unstable personality and financial recklessness; Myra Bradwell (1831—1894), an "entrepreneurial lawyer" who was initially denied the right to sit for the bar exam not because she was a woman but because she was married; Dr. Ella Flagg Young (1845—1918), who became superintendent of the Chicago schools, appointed when she was 64; Jane Addams (1860—1935), the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the founder of Hull House in 1889; Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone (1869—1957), who grew up poor in post-Civil War black America and then became a millionaire selling her Wonderful Hair Grower; Irene Castle (1893—1969), known as American's First Lady of Ballroom Dancing and later for her establishment of Orphans of the Storm, a safe harbor for strays and abandoned dogs and cats; and Ruth Page (1899—1991), a pioneering ballerina who founded a dance school in Chicago, married at 85, and died at 92.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762712717
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: More than Petticoats Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,450,954
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyndee Jobe Henderson has been digging up history ever since she was a little girl accompanying her father on archaeological expeditions. Since relocating to Illinois, she has researched the Lincolns, the Civil War, the Victorian era, and Illinois prairie life.

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Table of Contents

Map vi

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

1798-1872 Christiana Holmes Tillson 1

1800-1878 Anna Elizabeth Slough 13

1804-1879 Emma Hale Smith 23

1816-1908 Lydia Moss Bradley 34

1818-1900 Candace McCormick Reed 44

1818-1882 Mary Todd Lincoln 56

1831-1894 Myra Bradwell 68

1845-1918 Dr. Ella Flagg Young 79

1860-1935 jane Addams 91

1869-1957 Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone 102

1893-1969 Irene Castle 113

1899-1991 Ruth Page 124

Bibliography 136

About the Author 149

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