Impertinences: Selected Writings of Elia Peattie, a Journalist in the Gilded Age

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - History - 335 pages
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Impertinences: Selected Writings of Elia Peattie is a collection of articles, editorials, and narratives by Elia Peattie written during her tenure at the Omaha World-Herald from 1888 to 1896, richly illustrated with photographs from the period. Elia (Wilkinson) Peattie (1862?1935) was born during the Civil War and came of age at the advent of the era of the New Woman. In many ways Peattie embodied this new age of independence for women, writing both fiction and journalism and becoming one of the first Plains women to write editorial columns in a major newspaper that addressed public issues. Not shy with her opinions about current events in the state of Nebraska in the late nineteenth century, Peattie tackled subjects such as the Wounded Knee Massacre, capital punishment and lynchings, prostitution, the Omaha stockyards, beet-field workers in Grand Island, schools and child rearing, the need for orphanages, shelters for unwed mothers, charity hospitals, and the New Woman. Editor Susanne George Bloomfield includes a biography of Peattie, who is described as "tall, dignified, and kindly, and possessing a wicked sense of humor." Peattie's work now stands as a rare and valuable history of Nebraska, showing us a lively frontier society through the eyes of a woman engaged in the life of her community and her own struggle to balance her family and career
 

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Contents

A Writers Beginnings 18621896
1
Composing room Omaha WorldHerald
2
Robert Burns Peattie
3
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
6
Omaha Daily Herald Building
7
Cover of A Journey through Wonderland
9
Page from Jim Lancys Waterloo
11
Frances M Ford
13
Girl in full mourning
133
Americans Seem to Feel That Way
134
Qualities in Evangelist Mills That Give
141
Benjamin Fay Mills poster
143
A Salvation Army Funeral
148
Unknown Salvation Army sister
149
Miss Mary Reids seventhgrade class
153
A WORD WITH THE WOMEN
161

EARLY OMAHA
19
Farnham Street
20
A Word with the Women Defending Omaha
21
Omahans at Krug Park
22
What Is to Be Seen from an Open Motor Car in Omaha
23
Omaha streetcar
25
Pen Picture of a Strange Settlement and Its Queer Set of Inhabitants
29
Jim Dahlman and Nick Dargaczewski
31
Some Thoughts Suggested by the Proposed Exodus from the Bottoms
33
Immigrant A J Smith
35
Just a Word or Two in Passing Concerning the Society Question
39
Thirteenth Street saloon
41
The Creche and What It Does for Women Who Must Work
42
Children and merrygoround
44
A Description of the Place on Seventeenth Street between Douglas and Dodge
46
Omaha telephone operator
48
St Josephs Hospital and the Good Sisters Who Do Its Work
53
St Josephs Hospital
54
The Negroes of This City Who They Are and Where They Live
58
Dr Matthew Oliver Ricketts
59
A Day at the Stock Yards in South Omaha
65
Omaha stockyards
66
FACT AND FICTION
73
Peattie as Omaha Womans Club president
74
Mrs Peattie Refuses to Accept the Claim That the Wanton Is a Necessity
75
Prostitute Maud Raymond
76
Prostitute Red Nora Courier
77
Leda
83
Unidentified girl
84
Lovely Woman and Indians
88
Soldiers at Wounded Knee
89
The Triumph of Starved Crow
92
Starving Indian woman
93
A Word with the Women Francis Schlatter Faith Healer
97
Francis Schlatter
98
A Word with the Women For the Sake of Love
99
Francis Schlatter and crippled woman
100
Crowd awaiting execution of Ed Neal
104
COMMUNITY CONCERNS
113
Omaha residence of Christian Hartman
114
Emma Schaper
116
What Women Are Doing The Art of Shopping
119
The Wedding March
124
Thoughts upon Outward Signs
128
Woman in mourning
129
Elia Peattie 1904
162
An unknown family
165
How Not to Treat Babies
169
Rural mother and child
170
Where Are the Children? A Lay Sermon Suggested by Chief Seavey
176
Three mischievous boys
177
A Chapter of Advice for Them Which
182
Charles Smith farmhouse
183
They Are Mostly Erected by the Women
188
Elia Peattie and daughter
189
Women workers at cigar factory
193
It Will Be Distinctively Feminine and Run
195
Club women at Lininger gallery
196
Womens group in historical costumes
199
Chicago Womans Club Abolishes
201
Helen Muhammitt
203
PEOPLE AND PLACES
207
A Peep at a Home Which Is a Slice Out of Bohemia
208
Kate and Michael Cleary and E A Downey
209
A Word with the Women Willa Cather
214
Willa Cather
215
Mrs A M Edwards and Her Herd of Poland China Porkers
217
August Swansons livestock
218
The Lady of the Cloister
223
Academy of the Visitation
224
A Woman Doctor
229
Omaha Medical College
230
The Christian Home of Council Bluffs and Its Founder
234
Rev Joseph Lemens Christian Home
235
The County Seat of Hall and What Beet Cultivation Has Done
241
Boys thinning sugar beets
242
Where the Rivers of Nebraska Get Their Stock of Gamey Fish
249
Gretna fish hatchery
250
A Word with the Women The Hunting Mania
254
Hunters with Canada geese
255
A Writing Life 18961935
257
Elia Peattie at home in Chicago
258
Elia Peattie with her son Donald 262 Elia Peattie 1918
259
Robert Burns Peattie ca 1920
264
Elia Peattie shortly before her death
266
Notes
269
Works Cited
287
A Bibliography of the Works of Elia Wilkinson Peattie
295
Index
331
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Susanne George Bloomfield is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is the author of The Adventures of The Woman Homesteader: The Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart and Kate M. Cleary: A Literary Biography with Selected Works, both available in Bison Books editions.

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