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Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

by Stacy A. Cordery


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780143122890
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 724,204
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

Preface ix

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

Acknowledgments 299

Notes 305

Bibliography 355

Index 367

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