Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times

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Melissa A. McEuen, Thomas H. Appleton Jr.
University of Georgia Press, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times introduces a history as dynamic and diverse as Kentucky itself. Covering the Appalachian region in the east to the Pennyroyal in the west, the essays highlight women whose aspirations, innovations, activism, and creativity illustrate Kentucky's role in political and social reform, education, health care, the arts, and cultural development. The collection features women with well-known names as well as those whose lives and work deserve greater attention.

Shawnee chief Nonhelema Hokolesqua, western Kentucky slave Matilda Lewis Threlkeld, the sisters Emilie Todd Helm and Mary Todd Lincoln, reformers Madeline Mc- Dowell Breckinridge and Laura Clay, activists Anne McCarty Braden and Elizabeth Fouse, politicians Georgia Davis Powers and Martha Layne Collins, sculptor Enid Yandell, writer Harriette Simpson Arnow, and entrepreneur Nancy Newsom Mahaffey are covered inKentucky Women, representing a broad cross section of those who forged Kentucky's relationship with the American South and the nation at large.

With essays on frontier life, gender inequality in marriage and divorce, medical advances, family strife, racial challenges and triumphs, widowhood, agrarian culture, urban experiences, educational theory and fieldwork, visual art, literature, and fame, the contributors have shaped a history of Kentucky that is both grounded and groundbreaking.

Contributors: Lindsey Apple on Madeline McDowell Breckinridge; Martha Billips on Harriette Simpson Arnow; James Duane Bolin on Linda Neville; Sarah Case on Katherine Pettit and May Stone; Juilee Decker on Enid Yandell; Carolyn R. Dupont on Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers; Angela Esco Elder on Emilie Todd Helm and Mary Todd Lincoln; Catherine Fosl on Anne Pogue McGinty and Anne McCarty Braden; Craig Thompson Friend on Nonhelema Hokolesqua, Jemima Boone Callaway, and Matilda Lewis Threlkeld; Melanie Beals Goan on Mary Breckinridge; John Paul Hill on Martha Layne Collins; Anya Jabour on Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge; William Kuby on Mary Jane Warfield Clay; Karen Cotton McDaniel on Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fouse; Melissa A. McEuen on Nancy Newsom Mahaffey; Mary Jane Smith on Laura Clay; Andrea S. Watkins on Josie Underwood and Frances Dallam Peter.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Searching for Kentuckys Female Frontier
8
The Power of Place across Four Centuries
33
Wifely Devotion Divorce and Rebirth in NineteenthCentury Kentucky
59
We Weep Over Our Dead Together
81
Two Union Women in Civil War Kentucky
99
States Rights and Southern Suffrage Reform
119
Homegrown Heroine
140
The Lady Who Helps Blind Children See
251
Challenging Stereotypes and Building Community
274
Kind Ambition and the Creation of the Frontier Nursing Service
294
A Writers Life
312
Purpose in Politics
337
Textbooks Toyota and Tenacity
356
Preserving Heritage Foods in the Ham Heartland
379
Selected Bibliography
409

The Cultural Politics of Mountain Reform
168
Kentuckys Frontier Sculptor and Bachelor Maid
196
A Sense of Mission
219
Contributors
413
Index
417
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Melissa A. Mceuen is professor of history at Transylvania University. She is the author of the award-winningSeeing America: Women Photographers between the Wars and Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941–1945 (Georgia). Thomas H. Appleton Jr. formerly served as editor-in-chief of publications for the Kentucky Historical Society. Since 2000, he has been professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University. He has coedited five books, includingNegotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be andSearching for Their Places: Women in the South across Four Centuries.