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Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times introduces a history as dynamic and diverse as Kentucky itself. Covering the Appalachian region in the east to the Pennyroyal in the west, the essays highlight women whose aspirations, innovations, activism, and creativity illustrate Kentucky’s role in political and social reform, education, health care, the arts, and cultural development. The collection features women with well-known names as well as those whose lives and work deserve greater attention.

Shawnee chief Nonhelema Hokolesqua, western Kentucky slave Matilda Lewis Threlkeld, the sisters Emilie Todd Helm and Mary Todd Lincoln, reformers Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and Laura Clay, activists Anne McCarty Braden and Elizabeth Fouse, politicians Georgia Davis Powers and Martha Layne Collins, sculptor Enid Yandell, writer Harriette Simpson Arnow, and entrepreneur Nancy Newsom Mahaffey are covered in Kentucky Women, representing a broad cross section of those who forged Kentucky’s relationship with the American South and the nation at large.

With essays on frontier life, gender inequality in marriage and divorce, medical advances, family strife, racial challenges and triumphs, widowhood, agrarian culture, urban experiences, educational theory and fieldwork, visual art, literature, and fame, the contributors have shaped a history of Kentucky that is both grounded and groundbreaking.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820344539
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Series: Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series , #15
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Melissa A. McEuen (Editor)
MELISSA A. MCEUEN is professor of history at Transylvania University. She is the author of the award-winning Seeing America: Women Photographers between the Wars and Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941–1945 (Georgia).

Thomas H. Appleton Jr. (Editor)
THOMAS H. APPLETON JR. formerly served as editor-in-chief of publications for the Kentucky Historical Society. Since 2000, he has been professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University. He has coedited five books, including Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be and Searching for Their Places: Women in the South across Four Centuries.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Thomas H. Appleton Jr. Melissa A. Mceuen 1

Nonhelema Hokolesqua (1718-1786), Jemima Boone Callaway (1762-1829), and Matilda Lewis Threlkeld (1799-c. 1885): Searching for Kentucky's Female Frontier Craig Thompson Friend 8

Anne Pogue McGinty (c. 1735-1815) and Anne McCarty Braden (1924-2006): The Power of Place across Four Centuries Catherine Fosl 33

Mary Jane Warfield Clay (1815-1900): Wifely Devotion, Divorce, and Rebirth in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky William Kuby 59

Emilie Todd Helm (1836-1930) and Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882): "We Weep Over Our Dead Together" Angela Esco Elder 81

Josie Underwood (1840-1923) and Frances Dallam Peter (1843-1864): Two Union Women in Civil War Kentucky Andrea S. Watkins 99

Laura Clay (1849-1941): States' Rights and Southern Suffrage Reform Mary Jane Smith 119

Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948): Homegrown Heroine Any Ajabour 140

Katherine Pettit (1868-1936) and May Stone (1867-1946): The Cultural Politics of Mountain Reform Sarah case 168

Enid Yandell (1869-1934): Kentucky's Frontier Sculptor and "Bachelor Maid" Juilee Decker 196

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (1872-1920): A Sense of Mission Lindsey Apple 219

Linda Neville (1873-1961): "The Lady Who Helps Blind Children See" James Duane Bolin 251

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fouse (1875-1952): Challenging Stereotypes and Building Community Karen Cotton McDaniel 274

Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965): Kind Ambition and the Creation of the Frontier Nursing Service Melanie Beals Goan 294

Harriette Simpson Arnow (1908-1986): A Writer's Life Martha Billips 312

Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers (1923- ): Purpose in Politics Carolyn R. Dupont 337

Martha Layne Collins (1936- ): Textbooks, Toyota, and Tenacity John Paul Hill 356

Nancy Newsom Mahaffey (1955- ): Preserving Heritage Foods in the "Ham Heartland" Melissa A. Mceuen 379

Selected Bibliography 409

Contributors 413

Index 417

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