Born at the start of the Civil War, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low struggled to reconcile being a good Southern belle with being true to her adventurous spirit. Accidentally deafened, she married a dashing British patrician and moved to England, where she quickly became dissatisfied with the aimlessness of privileged life. Her search for greater purpose ended when she met Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, and was inspired to recreate his program for girls.
The Girl Scouts of the USA—which can now count more than fifty-nine million American girls and women among its past members—aims to instill useful skills and moral values in its young members, with an emphasis on fun. In this lively and accessible biography of its intrepid founder, Stacy A. Cordery paints a dynamic portrait of an intriguing woman and a true pioneer whose work touched the lives of millions of girls and women around the world.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Stacy A. Cordery is a professor of history at Monmouth College and the bibliographer of the National First Ladies' Library. She is the author of Alice, a biography of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. She lives in Monmouth, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Author's Note vii
Chapter 1 Civil War and the Problem of Loyalties 1
Chapter 2 A Savannah Childhood 22
Chapter 3 Schooling in the South and Beyond 36
Chapter 4 Emotional Upheaval 57
Chapter 5 Broken Hearts 75
Chapter 6 Omens and Weddings 91
Chapter 7 The Whirl of Married Life 105
Chapter 8 Wars, Colonial and Domestic 130
Chapter 9 A Parting of the Ways 150
Chapter 10 Journeys 167
Chapter 11 General Sir Robert Baden-Powell 181
Chapter 12 The Savannah Girl Guides 201
Chapter 13 The Excitement of Girl Scouting 220
Chapter 14 Good Deeds 241
Chapter 15 Girl Scouting in the Roaring Twenties 259
Chapter 16 Making New Friends Internationally 277
Epilogue: "Long Live the Girl Scouts!" 295
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Girl Scouting shaped my life. My parents enrolled all of their children in Scouting in the 40s and 50s. It gave us skills, friends, activities and confidence. My own children have been in Scouting. I attended a G.S Round Up. Hurray for Julliete Gordon Low and my many leaders. With the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, Scouting had different challenges. But they have survived. I saw the author on CSpan BookTV last night. What a story she told. Remember? "I have something in my pocket, it belongs across my face... ...it's a great big Brownie smile."
I am enjoying reading this biography of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low! It does not read as a novel because it is a biography and it states the facts and the stories about Juliette and her life. I have had the opportunity to meet the author recently and she was interesting to listen to and that we need more books about Juliette. Juliette needs to be int he history books where she belongs alongside other women who were visionaries of their time!!
Wonderful job! A great read!!!
Stacy Cordery has given us an incredibly in-depth biography, and I'm not going to do a point by point re-cap of Daisy Low's life here in this review. What I want to focus on is the detail, the insight, and the obvious research that went into this project. Cordery admits to a life-long fascination with her subject, and tells us of its inception many years ago. She has followed Juliette Gordon's early life, her married years, and her widowhood, giving us almost an overload of facts, feelings, and a sense of the difficulties her deafness caused her throughout her life, but without becoming maudlin or hero worshiping. While it could have done with some editing to cull out unnecessary details about secondary characters (particularly their family trees), it was organized, well-documented, and should serve as the definitive biography of a very special lady for years to come.The book of Gordon Low's life can almost be divided into two stories : her early life as a Southern socialite and marriage to a member of the Bristish aristocracy, followed by her years as a widow, a community activist, and the founder of the Girl Scouting movement in the US. Cordery introduces us to "Daisy's" friends, family, collaborators, and the few detractors who are portrayed honestly and without rancor. The illustrations are numerous and telling. It was unanticipated fun to sit and pour through pictures that, while they were definitely before my time, did emphasize the timelessness of the Scouts, and brought back fond memories for me of my days around the camp-fire. Through it all, Daisy Low is presented as a very down-to-earth, not without her foibles human being, bearing up to physical disabilities, personal betrayals, loneliness, and frustration who still managed to find the fun, to bring her inimitable sense of humor and grace to a life of staggering challenges, and in the end emerge as a national and on-going role model for young women.It is particularly notable as a publication to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts this year. Happy Birthday Girl Scouts, and best wishes for 100 more.
Juliette Gordon Low is most famously known as the founder of the Girl Scouts. Born in Savannah right before the civil war, she was known as Crazy Daisy, a precocious child who defied conventional rules and wisdom. Vowing never to marry, she fell in love with an English aristocrat and moved across the sea. After realizing her husband was a wastrel and adulterer, she began divorce proceedings, only to have him die due to his bad health and excesses. After meeting Robert Baden-Powell, she became enthralled with the Boy Scouts and helped organize the Girl Guides in England. After returning to Savannah she began the Girl Scouts and dedicated her life to enriching girls lives.I found the book interesting, yet at times it seemed too long. It read as a history book with lots of facts and dates. I would have enjoyed a more story-type book. But overall I found it to be well written and engaging.
I didn't love this book (a memoir would have been better, but I don't believe Gordon Low ever wrote one), but it's clearly well-researched. When I was a Brownie my parents took my siblings and I to visit Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace in Savannah. It was beautiful and I loved it even then. She's a fascinating woman. So what didn't I like about the book? The facts were just the facts and stated as such. The author could have written this in a narrative format and made "Daisy" come alive in the pages. She doesn't. I liked that photographs were included.
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