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Including suffragists, civil rights activists, and movers and shakers in politics and in the music industries of Nashville and Memphis, as well as many other notables, this collective portrait of Tennessee women offers new perspectives and insights into their dreams, their struggles, and their times. As rich, diverse, and wide-ranging as the topography of the state, this book will interest scholars, general readers, and students of southern history, women's history, and Tennessee history.

Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times shifts the historical lens from the more traditional view of men's roles to place women and their experiences at center stage in the historical drama. The eighteen biographical essays, written by leading historians of women, illuminate the lives of familiar figures like reformer Frances Wright, blueswoman Alberta Hunter, and the Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl (Sarah Colley Cannon) and less-well-known characters like the Cherokee Beloved Woman Nan-ye-hi (Nancy Ward), antebellum free black woman Milly Swan Price, and environmentalist Doris Bradshaw.

Told against the backdrop of their times, these are the life stories of women who shaped Tennessee's history from the eighteenth-century challenges of western expansion through the nineteenth- and twentieth-century struggles against racial and gender oppression to the twenty-first-century battles with community degradation. Taken as a whole, this collection of women's stories illuminates previously unrevealed historical dimensions that give readers a greater understanding of Tennessee's place within environmental and human rights movements and its role as a generator of phenomenal cultural life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820329499
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 02/15/2009
Series: Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series , #9
Edition description: Volume 1
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sarah Wilkerson Freeman (Editor)
SARAH WILKERSON FREEMAN is a professor of history at Arkansas State University. She is a contributor to Southern Women at the Millennium and Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, as well as to numerous journals.

Beverly Greene Bond (Editor)
BEVERLY GREENE BOND is an associate professor of history and director of African and African American Studies at the University of Memphis. She is the co-editor of Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, with Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, Vol. 1 (2009) and Vol. 2 (Georgia 2015) and Images of America: Beale Street with Janann Sherman (Arcadia Publishing 2006).

Table of Contents

Preface Sarah Wilkerson Freeman ix

Nan-ye-hi (Nancy Ward): Diplomatic Mother Cynthia Cumfer 1

Fanny Wright: Battle against Slavery Celia Morris 23

Milly Swan Price: Freedom, Kinship, and Property Beverly Greene Bond 44

Mary Church Terrell: Revisiting the Politics of Race, Class, and Gender Cherisse Jones-Branch 68

Alberta Hunter: "She Had the World in a Jug, with the Stopper in Her Hand" Michelle R. Scott 93

Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie: Wing Walker, Parachute Jumper, Air Racer Janann Sherman 119

Sue Shelton White: Lady Warrior Betty Sparks Huehls Beverly Greene Bond 140

Charl Ormond Williams: Feminist Politics and Education for Equality Sarah Wilkerson Freeman 164

Lucille Thornburgh: "I Had to Be Right Pushy" Connie L. Lester 191

Martha Ragland: The Evolution of a Political Feminist Carole Bucy 214

Wilma Dykeman: The Hearth and the Map Melissa Walker 243

Sarah Colley Cannon (Minnie Pearl): Gossiping about Grinder's Switch-The Grand Ole Opry and the Modernization of Tennessee Kristine M. Mccusker 261

Diane Judith Nash: A Mission for Equality, Justice, and Social Change Linda T. Wynn 281

Wilma Rudolph: Running for Freedom Aram Goudsouzian 305

Jo Walker-Meador: The Country Music Association Diane Pecknold 333

Bettye Berger: Transforming the Mainstream Laura Helper-Ferris 359

Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg: Feminist and Race Woman Gail S. Murray 381

Doris Bradshaw: Battling Environmental Racism Melissa Checker 403

Selected Bibliography 425

List of Contributors 433

Index 437

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