More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women

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More than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women examines the lives of twelve strong and determined women, all of whom broke through social, cultural, and political barriers to advance women's roles in the arts, on the battlefield, and in the pulpit. These pioneers fought against social norms and prejudices, making contributions to society that still have an impact today.
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More than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women examines the lives of twelve strong and determined women, all of whom broke through social, cultural, and political barriers to advance women's roles in the arts, on the battlefield, and in the pulpit. These pioneers fought against social norms and prejudices, making contributions to society that still have an impact today.
Meet Molly Pitcher, who stepped in during the heat of battle to replace her fallen husband in the Battle of Monmouth; Antoinette Brown Blackwell, America's first ordained woman minister and campaigner for women's rights; Jessie Redmon Fauset, who nurtured the Harlem Renaissance movement as a writer, editor of The Crisis, and supporter of African-American literature; and Alice Stokes Paul, who devoted herself to the fight for women's rights and wrote the Equal Rights Amendment.
Each of these women embodied a remarkable determination and an independent spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their exciting lives in this collection of brief and absorbing biographies.
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As in the other texts of this More Than Petticoats series, each of these women from New Jersey was remarkable because she went her own way, acting, interacting and creating as she saw needs and opportunities. The women whom the joint authors present to the readers range in chronology from Mary Ludwig Hays Macauley (Molly Pitcher), storied heroine of the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, to Hannah Silverman, teenaged spokeswoman of the 1913 Paterson, New Jersey, silk strike. The authors detail the lives and struggles of 12 New Jersey women of energy, talent, and ideals. Each chapter is fairly short (10-15 pages), clearly written, and has its own bibliography. While each of these women was a groundbreaker in her own way, some of the women, perhaps because they are generally less well known, can initially fascinate the reader more than others. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, for instance, graduated unrecognized from Oberlin College in 1850 and became America's first ordained woman minister. Vassar graduate Alice Huyler Ramsey, a pioneer endurance driver, drove a Maxwell touring car from New York to San Francisco over America's primitive road system in 1909. Also included in this roster of female New Jersey achievers are former slave Sylvia DuBois, painter Lilly Martin Spencer, writer and activist Jessie Redmon Fauset, Mary Mapes Dodge, author and pioneer in children's literature, and suffragette Alice Stokes Paul. This carefully researched book can provide useful enrichment reading. KLIATT Codes: JSA-Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Globe Pequot Press, 186p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762712724
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Wenzel's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Newsday, and Ms. She was a contributing writer to the anthology Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women and is a nationally syndicated feature writer on antiques and collectibles. For many years, she was managing editor of New Directions for Women, an international feminist news magazine. She lives in the historic Gold Rush town of Nevada City, California, with her husband, Jeff.

Carol J. Binkowski is the author of Musical New York: An Informal Guide to Its History and Legends and a Walking Tour of Its Sites and Landmarks and articles that have appeared in Clavier, New York Daily News, The Optimist, The Instrumentalist, and other publications. She is a reviewer for Library Journal. A pianist and as a staff organist at the Church Center for the United Nations, she has performed and lectured throughout the New Jersey Public Library System, as well as at such historic landmarks as South Street Seaport in New York City. Carol lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Daria.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction x
Mary Ludwig Hays Macauley (Hero of the Battle of Monmouth) 1
Sylvia Dubois (Ambitious to Be Free) 12
Abigail Goodwin (Champion of the Underground Railroad) 25
Lilly Martin Spencer (Virtuoso Painter of the Familiar) 34
Antoinette Brown Blackwell (America's First Ordained Woman Minister) 48
Mary Mapes Dodge (Creator of Hans Brinker and St. Nicholas) 67
Clara Maass (Yellow Fever Nurse) 84
Jessie Redmon Fauset (Midwife of the Harlem Renaissance) 96
Alice Stokes Paul (Mother of the Equal Rights Amendment) 110
Alice Huyler Ramsey (Pioneer Endurance Driver) 126
Maria Jeritza (Metropolitan Opera Star) 139
Hannah Silverman (Hero of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike) 150
Bibliography 164
Index 179
About the Authors 187
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