Impertinences: Selected Writings of Elia Peattie is a collection of articles, editorials, and narratives by Elia Peattie written during her tenure at the Omaha World-Herald from 1888 to 1896, richly illustrated with photographs from the period. Elia (Wilkinson) Peattie (1862–1935) was born during the Civil War and came of age at the advent of the era of the New Woman. In many ways Peattie embodied this new age of independence for women, writing both fiction and journalism and becoming one of the first Plains women to write editorial columns in a major newspaper that addressed public issues.
Not shy with her opinions about current events in the state of Nebraska in the late nineteenth century, Peattie tackled subjects such as the Wounded Knee Massacre, capital punishment and lynchings, prostitution, the Omaha stockyards, beet-field workers in Grand Island, schools and child rearing, the need for orphanages, shelters for unwed mothers, charity hospitals, and the New Woman.
Editor Susanne George Bloomfield includes a biography of Peattie, who is described as "tall, dignified, and kindly, and possessing a wicked sense of humor." Peattie's work now stands as a rare and valuable history of Nebraska, showing us a lively frontier society through the eyes of a woman engaged in the life of her community and her own struggle to balance her family and career
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About the Author
Susanne George Bloomfield is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is the author of The Adventures of The Woman Homesteader: The Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart and Kate M. Cleary: A Literary Biography with Selected Works, both available in Bison Books editions.
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Impertinences features the selected writings of Elia Peattie from 1888 to 1896 when she wrote for the Omaha World Herald and reveals a woman who knows her own mind and is not hesitant to express her views. In a world where women were still more often than not of less influence than men, except in the raising of children, Elia Peattie championed not just women's causes, as well she might, but spoke out in her writing about all human concerns. She abhorred the massacre at Wounded Knee, praised the couple who took in orphans by the dozens and gave them love and affection as well as food and shelter. She wrote of the year of mourning for woman and children, a swathing of black they were subject to wear, while the men simply wore black armbands. She wrote about a so-called Christian Science healer, the Omaha Crèche, a day nursery where single parents could leave their children while they worked, prostitution, the beet farmer, the Omaha stockyards, and many other subjects and was instrumental in the organization of the Federated Women's Clubs. A prolific writer, besides her numerous editorials, Peattie wrote short stories, fiction, children's stories, poems, essays, and articles. She was a loving wife and mother and had many friends, including Kate M. Cleary, another Nebraska writer. (Bloomfield also wrote her story, simply titled Kate M. Cleary.) To me this was not a fast read, but one to read more at one's leisure, editorial by editorial as we might read a daily editorial in our papers. Eunice Boeve, author of Ride a Shadowed Trail