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This collection of seventeen fascinating biographies, produced by the Mississippi Women's History Project, is an important step toward gaining the state's women their deserved place in its written record. The women whose absorbing life stories are told here range from Felicite Girodeau of old Natchez, who was both a person of color and a slaveholder, to Vera Mae Pigee, who "mothered" the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta. Some of the women are well known, others were prominent in their time but have since faded into obscurity, and a few have never received the attention they deserve. As multifaceted as the state they helped to build, the women portrayed in this engaging volume will interest and inspire Mississippians of all ages. Scholars will find here a valuable resource that adds nuance and texture to southern and women's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820325026
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 11/17/2003
Series: Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series , #1
Edition description: Volume 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Anne Payne (Editor)
ELIZABETH ANNE PAYNE is a professor of history at the University of Mississippi.

Marjorie Julian Spruill (Editor)
MARJORIE JULIAN SPRUILL is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina.

Martha H. Swain (Editor)
MARTHA H. SWAIN is Cornaro Professor of History Emerita at Texas Woman's University.

Table of Contents

Part 1Confronting Challenges1
Felicite Girodeau (1791-1860): Racial and Religious Identity in Antebellum Natchez4
Winnie Davis (1864-1898): The Challenges of Daughterhood21
Nellie Nugent Somerville (1863-1952): Mississippi Reformer, Suffragist, and Politician39
Belle Kearney (1863-1939): Mississippi Gentlewoman and Slaveholder's Daughter59
Pauline Van de Graaf Orr (1861-1955): Feminist Education in Mississippi72
Part 2Becoming Professionals95
Kate Freeman Clark (1875-1957): An Artist and a Lady98
Blanche Colton Williams (1879-1944): Mentor of Southern Women's Literature113
Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1885-1975): A Mississippi Microbiologist's Quest for a Cure131
Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894-1988): The Struggle for Women's Rights144
Minnie Brewer (1898-1978): The Life and Times of a Flapper Feminist160
Eudora Welty (1909-2001): En Route to A Curtain of Green181
Part 3Extending Rights197
Sadye Wier (1905-1995): A Life of Independence and Service200
Hazel Brannon Smith (1914-1994): Journalist under Siege220
Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998): Voicing Form235
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977): A New Voice in American Democracy249
Mae Bertha Carter (1923-1999) School Desegregation in a Delta Town268
Vera Mae Pigee (1925-): Mothering the Movement281
For Further Research299
List of Contributors307

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