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By the twentieth century, North Carolina’s progressive streak had strengthened, thanks in large part to a growing number of women who engaged in and influenced state and national policies and politics. These women included Gertrude Weil who fought tirelessly for the Nineteenth Amendment, which extended suffrage to women, and founded the state chapter of the League of Women Voters once the amendment was ratified in 1920. Gladys Avery Tillett, an ardent Democrat and supporter of Roosevelt's New Deal, became a major presence in her party at both the state and national levels. Guion Griffis Johnson turned to volunteer work in the postwar years, becoming one of the state's most prominent female civic leaders. Through her excellent education, keen legal mind, and family prominence, Susie Sharp in 1949 became the first woman judge in North Carolina and in 1974 the first woman in the nation to be elected and serve as chief justice of a state supreme court. Throughout her life, the Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray charted a religious, literary, and political path to racial reconciliation on both a national stage and in North Carolina.

This is the second of two volumes that together explore the diverse and changing patterns of North Carolina women's lives. The essays in this volume cover the period beginning with women born in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but who made their greatest contributions to the social, political, cultural, legal, and economic life of the state during the late progressive era through the late twentieth century.

Contributors: Jane Becker on Lucy Morgan; Eileen Boris on Ellen Black Winston; Heather Bryson on Ella Josephine Baker; Ann Short Chirhart on Charlotte Hawkins Brown; M. Anna Fariello on Olive Dame Campbell; Joey Fink on Crystal Lee Sutton; Rebecca Godwin on North Carolina Women Writers; Anna Ragland Hayes on Susie Marshall Sharp; Amy Hill Hearth on the Delany Sisters; Lu Ann Jones on North Carolina’s Farm Women; Sally G. McMillen on Gladys Avery Tillett; Elizabeth Gillespie McRae on Nell Battle Lewis; Sarah C. Thuesen on Guion Griffis Johnson; Melissa Walker on Margaret Jarman Hagood; Jessica Wilkerson on Ella May Wiggins; Emily Herring Wilson on Gertrude Weil; Lauren F. Winner on Pauli Murray.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Michele Gillespie and Sally G. Mcmillen
  3. pp. 1-11
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  1. Gertrude Weil: Forever Young
  2. Emily Herring Wilson
  3. pp. 12-31
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  1. Olive Dame Campbell: Among the Folk: Education, Experimentation, and Rural Life
  2. M. Anna Fariello
  3. pp. 32-51
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  1. Charlotte Hawkins Brown: Living the Correct Way
  2. Ann Short Chirhart
  3. pp. 52-76
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  1. Lucy Morgan: The Penland School of Handicrafts and the Southern Appalachian Craft Revival
  2. Jane Becker
  3. pp. 77-100
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  1. The Delany Sisters: “We Are North Carolinians”
  2. Amy Hill Hearth
  3. pp. 101-119
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  1. Nell Battle Lewis: The Political Journey of a Liberal White Supremacist
  2. Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
  3. pp. 120-143
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  1. Gladys Avery Tillett: White Gloved and Iron Willed
  2. Sally G. McMillen
  3. pp. 144-168
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  1. Ella May Wiggins: Mill Mother “Just A’waiting for a Strike”
  2. Jessica Wilkerson
  3. pp. 169-190
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  1. Guion Griffis Johnson: “I Got It with the Mother’s Milk”
  2. Sarah C. Thuesen
  3. pp. 191-214
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  1. North Carolina’s Farm Women: Plowing around Obstacles
  2. Lu Ann Jones
  3. pp. 215-237
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  1. Ellen Black Winston: Social Science for Social Welfare
  2. Eileen Boris
  3. pp. 238-261
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  1. Ella Josephine Baker: “I Never Worked for an Organization but for a Cause”
  2. Heather Bryson
  3. pp. 262-283
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  1. Susie Marshall Sharp: First Lady of the Law
  2. Anna Ragland Hayes
  3. pp. 284-305
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  1. Margaret Jarman Hagood: “To Do Justice to It Either in Observing or Recording”
  2. Melissa Walker
  3. pp. 306-333
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  1. Pauli Murray: “Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Women I Have Known”
  2. Lauren F. Winner
  3. pp. 334-353
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  1. Crystal Lee Sutton: “I Was Doing Something I Didn’t Even Think I Could Do”
  2. Joey Fink
  3. pp. 354-374
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  1. North Carolina Women Writers: Finding Voice in a Distinguished Literary Place
  2. Rebecca Godwin
  3. pp. 375-394
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 395-398
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  1. Index
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