The Corner Stone (Annotated)

The Corner Stone (Annotated)

by Margaret Hill McCarter


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985665319
Publisher: One Hundred Year Horizons
Publication date: 06/24/2012
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Margaret Hill McCarter describes her protagonist in The Corner Stone, Edith Grannell, from the perspective of Edith's uncle Samson Grannell: "As she stood up before him, capable, determined, and winsomely attractive, she seemed fitted alike to adorn a home or to take care of herself." This was likely a bold position to take when the story was published in 1915 - that a woman might be equally suited to be a wife - or not. But it was not so surprising to be taken by McCarter. In addition to being a wife and homemaker, Margaret Hill McCarter was a successful author of stories, books and poetry. (Center for Kansas Studies; Kansas Historical Society 2011)
Born in Indiana, Margaret Hill McCarter came to Topeka in 1888 at about the age of 28 to teach English. Two years later, she married Dr. William McCarter. She was active in the community and in politics. A member of the Republican National Women's Committee, she was the first woman to address a national convention of a major political party. McCarter was introduced at the 1920 Republican National Convention as "well known as a writer and a staunch Republican by inheritance as well as by belief." Outside the Convention, six members of the National Woman's Party protested, holding a banner reading "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex," the 1872 quote from Susan B. Anthony. While McCarter and the National Woman's Party protesters had different, even opposing, approaches, both sides helped to advance the cause of women securing the right to vote. By directly participating in the political process and by protesting to raise awareness McCarter and the National Woman's Party protestors helped women to become more fully engaged in the political domain that governed their lives. Two months after the Republican National Convention, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. (National Photo Company; Hart 1920)

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