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Raising more hell and fewer dahlias : the public life of Charlotte Smith, 1840-1917 /
Autumn Stanley.
Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, c2009.
236 p.
0934223998 (alk. paper), 9780934223997 (alk. paper)
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Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, c2009.
0934223998 (alk. paper)
9780934223997 (alk. paper)
contents note
Beginnings -- A divided family in occupied Memphis: Charlotte Smith's Civil War -- Carpetbagging and marriage: the postwar years, 1865-1871 -- St. Louis revisited: the Inland monthly years, 1872-1878 -- The capital years, part I: Washington, DC, 1879-1885 -- The capital years, part II: baby brother and the bete noire: Robert Odlum, Paul Boyton, and the Brooklyn Bridge, 1885 -- The capital years, part III: Washington, DC, 1886-1892 -- The Boston traveler: final years, 1892-1917.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Autumn Stanley graduated from Transylvania College (now University) with high distinction and completed graduate work at Harvard, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities. After a brief academic career, she became editor first at the Stanford University Press then at Wadsworth Publishers, where she specialized in the sciences. Since 1980 she has been an independent scholar in history of technology, especially women's contributions, and gender and technology. Her major work is Mothers and Daughters of Invention (1993). During research for that book, she became fascinated with Charlotte Smith, who had championed women inventors a hundred years earlier. This biography is the result of that fascination. Her research continues to focus on the still-neglected area of women's contributions to technology through the ages.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
Independent scholar Stanley chronicles the life, family, and public initiatives of 19th-century publisher and activist Charlotte Smith (nee Odlum). Smith was founder and editor of the St. Louis Inland Weekly from 1872 to 1878, along with two smaller newspapers, The Working Woman (ca. 1886-92) and The Woman Inventor (only two issues in 1891). She also championed a variety of causes, including affordable housing for poor working women and, through the Woman's National Industrial League, equal pay for equal work. Smith appears here as an energetic campaigner for myriad reform causes. She championed the accomplishments of women inventors, successfully lobbying the US Patent Office to publish a list of women patent recipients, and also made a strong case for the creation of a federal labor department. More information concerning Smith's interaction with other activists' work in coincident reform movements--labor activism, trade union leagues, prostitution rescue efforts, white slavery scares, and so forth--would provide needed context. However, Stanley's painstaking historical detective work recovers details of Smith's heritage and life that will be of interest to researchers and genealogists. Summing Up: Recommended. General collections and specialists. A. K. Frisken SUNY College at Old Westbury
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Main Description
This book is the first biography of nineteenth-century magazine editor and reformer Charlotte Smith. Based on years of research, and previously untapped sources, it shows both why she should be remembered and why she was forgotten. Her story is quintessentially American: this daughter of Irish immigrants, despite having only a grade-school education and supporting two children alone, became a force to be reckoned with, first in journalism and then in reform. Her first periodical, the Inland Monthly, was doubly rare: edited by a woman but not a women's magazine; and a profitable venture, bringing a large sum when sold.
Table of Contents
Preface: Mystery Womanp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Abbreviationsp. 17
Chronologyp. 19
Introduction: The Energy of a Corliss Enginep. 23
Beginningsp. 31
A Divided Family in Occupied Memphis: Charlotte Smith's Civil Warp. 39
Carpetbagging and Marriage: The Postwar Years, 1865-1871p. 54
St. Louis Revisited: The Inland Monthly Years, 1872-1878p. 71
The Capital Years, Part I: Washington, DC, 1879-1885p. 101
The Capital Years, Part II: Baby Brother and the Bete Noire: Robert Odlum, Paul Boyton, and the Brooklyn Bridge, 1885p. 115
The Capital Years, Part III: Washington, DC, 1886-1892p. 127
The Boston Traveler: Final Years, 1892-1917p. 149
Conclusion: A Woman Ahead of Her Timep. 177
Testimony of Charlotte Smithp. 185
Memorial of Woman's National Industrial Leaguep. 189
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 231
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