Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence / Edition 1

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Women in Missouri History is an exceptional collection of essays surveying the history of women in the state of Missouri from the period of colonial settlement through the mid-twentieth century. The women featured in these essays come from various ethnic, economic, and racial groups, from both urban and rural areas, and from all over the state. The authors effectively tell these women’s stories through biographies and through techniques of social history, allowing the reader to learn not only about the women’s lives individually, but also about how groups of “ordinary” women shaped the history of the state.

            The essays in this collection address questions that are at the center of current developments in the field of women’s history but are written in a manner that makes them accessible to general readers. Providing an excellent general overview of the history of women in Missouri, this collection makes a valuable contribution to a better understanding of the state’s past.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume will stand as a model that historians of any state would do well to emulate. These magnificent essays are certain to be read, debated, and appreciated for years to come."—Tom Appleton

“…engaging and accessible to a broad audience” -J. L. Gall, Choice

“Highly recommended.” -J.L. Gall, Choice

“’Women in Missouri History’ rights a wrong in a rich, compelling way.” -David Sheets, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The story of the ‘Show-Me State’ just got more interesting.” -David Sheets, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215260
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors
LeeAnn Whites is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the author of The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender: Augusta, Georgia, 1860-1890.

            Mary C. Neth is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the author of Preserving the Family Farm: Women, Community, and the Foundation of Modern Agribusiness, 1900-1940.

            Gary R. Kremer is Professor of History at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of several works, including Missouri’s Black Heritage and Dictionary of Missouri Biography, both available from the University of Missouri Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
French women in colonial Missouri, 1750-1805 15
Esther and her sisters : free women of color as property owners in colonial St. Louis, 1765-1803 31
German-speaking women in nineteenth-century Missouri : the immigrant experience 45
"May we as one family live in peace and harmony" : relations between mistresses and slave women in Antebellum Missouri 64
City sisters : the sisters of St. Joseph in Missouri, 1836-1920 82
The tale of two minors : women's rights on the border 101
The changing role of protection on the border : gender and the Civil War in Saline county 119
Her will against theirs : Eda Hickam and the ambiguity of freedom in Postbellum Missouri 134
Sedalia's ladies of the evening : prostitution and class in a nineteenth-century railroad town 152
Domestic drudges to dazzling divas : the origins of African American beauty culture in St. Louis, 1900-1930 168
"We are practicable, sensible women" : the Missouri Women Farmers' Club and the professionalization of agriculture 180
Euphemia B. Koller and the politics of insanity in Ralls County, 1921-1927 200
Breaking into politics : Emily Newell Blair and the Democratic party in the 1920s 219
The doctor's wife : Fannie Cook and social protest in Missouri, 1938-1949 236
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