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Contents List of Tables ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction 3 Chapter One The Exploding Western Metropolis Carving Out a City on the Bluffs, 1856 to 1870 13 Chapter Two The Quality and Equality of Mercy Are Strained The Rise and Fall of the Female-Led General Relief Agency, 1870 to 1879 45 Chapter Three “Back to Their Friends” The Reluctant Response of Male-Led Relief, 1880 to the Eve of the World War 85 Chapter Four “Idiots, Imbeciles, Slaves and Women” Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1880 to World War I 135 Chapter Five Morally and Legally Entitled Women’s Political Activism in the Interwar Period in Kansas City 185 Conclusion 219 Notes 223 Bibliography 267 Index 279 ...

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