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Women were leading actors in twentieth-century developments in Georgia, yet most histories minimize their contributions. The essays in the second volume of Georgia Women, edited by Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen Ann Clark, vividly portray a wide array of Georgia women who played an important role in the state’s history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous present-day figures such as Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

Georgia women were instrumental to state and national politics even before they achieved suffrage, and as essays on Lillian Smith, Frances Pauley, Coretta Scott King, and others demonstrate, they played a key role in twentieth-century struggles over civil rights, gender equality, and the proper size and reach of government. Georgia women’s contributions have been wide ranging in the arena of arts and culture and include the works of renowned blues singer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and such nationally prominent literary figures as Margaret Mitchell, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O’Connor, as well as Walker.

While many of the volume’s essays take a fresh look at relatively well-known figures, readers will also have the opportunity to discover women who were vital to Georgia’s history yet remain relatively obscure today, such as Atlanta educator and activist Lugenia Burns Hope, World War II aviator Hazel Raines, entrepreneur and carpet manufacturer Catherine Evans Whitener, and rural activist and author Vara A. Majette. Collectively, the life stories portrayed in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself.

Published with the generous support of the Honorable Dr. M. Louise McBee

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen ann Clark
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Lugenia Burns Hope (1871–1947): Fulfilling a Sacred Purpose
  2. Ann Short Chirhart
  3. pp. 13-39
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  1. Vara A. Majette (1875–1974): “The Small Voice of a Dissenter” in the Segregated South
  2. Leslie Dunlap
  3. pp. 40-61
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  1. Lucy May Stanton (1876–1931): New Forms and Ideas
  2. Betty Alice Fowler
  3. pp. 62-85
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  1. Catherine Evans Whitener (1881–1964): The Creation of North Georgia’s Tufted Textile Industry
  2. Randall L. Patton
  3. pp. 86-113
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  1. Viola Ross Napier (1881–1962): The Twentieth-Century Struggle for Women’s Equality
  2. Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
  3. pp. 114-132
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  1. Mary Hambidge (1885–1973): A Vision of Beauty, Symmetry, and Order
  2. Rosemary M. Magee
  3. pp. 133-147
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  1. Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886–1939): “Hear Me Talkin’ to You”
  2. Steve Goodson
  3. pp. 148-165
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  1. Lillian Smith (1887–1966): Humanist
  2. John C. Inscoe
  3. pp. 166-189
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  1. Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949): “What Living in the South Means”
  2. Kathleen Ann Clark
  3. pp. 190-211
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  1. Frances Freeborn Pauley (1905–2003): Working for Justice in Twentieth-Century Georgia
  2. Kathryn L. Nasstrom
  3. pp. 212-235
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  1. Kathryn Dunaway (1906–1980): Grassroots Conservatism and the STOP ERA Campaign
  2. Robin Morris
  3. pp. 236-259
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  1. Hazel Jane Raines (1916–1956): Georgia’s First Woman Pilot and her “Band of Sisters” during World War II
  2. Paul Stephen Hudson
  3. pp. 260-280
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  1. Carson McCullers (1917–1967): “The Brutal Humiliation of Human Dignity” in the South
  2. Carlos Dews
  3. pp. 281-298
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  1. Mabel Murphy Smythe (1918–2006): Black Women and Internationalism
  2. Mary Rolinson
  3. pp. 299-323
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  1. Mary Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964): A Prophet for Her Times
  2. Sarah Gordon
  3. pp. 324-343
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  1. Coretta Scott King (1927–2006): Legacy to Civil Rights
  2. Glenn T. Eskew
  3. pp. 344-368
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  1. Rosalynn Carter (1927– ): The President’s Partner
  2. Scott Kaufman
  3. pp. 369-394
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  1. Alice Tallulah-Kate Walker (1944– ): On All Fronts
  2. Deborah G. Plant
  3. pp. 395-416
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 417-424
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 425-428
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820347004
Related ISBN
9780820337845
MARC Record
OCLC
883820174
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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