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Highlights the significant historical contributions of some of Louisiana’s most noteworthy and also overlooked women from the eighteenth century to the present. This volume underscores the cultural, social, and political distinctiveness of the state and showcases how these women affected its history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820342696
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series , #16
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Shannon Frystak (Editor)
SHANNON FRYSTAK is an associate professor of history at East Stroudsburg University and author of Our Minds on Freedom: Women and the Struggle for Black Equality in Louisiana, 1924–1967.

Mary Farmer-Kaiser (Editor)
MARY FARMER-KAISER is a professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and author of Freedwomen and the Freedmen’s Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Shannon Frystak 1

Part 1 Women and the Politics of Identity

The Women across from Congo Square (1772-1840) Emily Clark 11

Sarah Morgan (1842-1905) Family Politics and Confederate Patriotism in Civil War Louisiana Giselle Roberts 25

Janet Mary Riley (1915-2008) An Angel with Teeth Janet Allured 41

Lindy Claiborne Boggs (1916-2013) Wielding Great Power by Giving Away All the Credit Tania Tetlow 63

Part 2 Women and Work

Lucy Alston Pirrie (1772-1833) A Woman's Life in Early Louisiana Sara Brooks Sundberg 85

Appoline Patout, Mary Ann Patout, and Ida Patout Burns (1805-1879; 1836-1907; 1877-1956) Jlie Women of Enterprise Michael Wade 101

Lulu White (1868-1931) Diamond Queen of the Demimonde Emily Epstein Landau 122

Neda Jurisich, Eva Vujnovich, and Mary Jane Munsterman Tesvich (1904-2002; 1929- ; 1955- ) Three Generations in a Croatian-American Oyster Family Carolyn E. Ware 149

Part 3 Women and the Arts

Carmelite "Cammie" Garrett Henry (1871-1948) The Evolution of a Plantation Mistress and Chatelaine of the Arts Lucy Gutman Shannon Frystak 175

Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) Looking at New Orleans Hellen S. Lee 196

Coralie Guarino Davis (1926-2004) Carnival Legacies Susan Tucker 216

Lucinda Williams (1953- ) "Noiv Your Soul Is in Lake Charles": The Louisiana Motif and the Music of Lucinda Williams Court Carney 239

Rebecca Wells (1953- ) The Divine Saga Deep in the Heart of Louisiana Mary Ann Wilson 254

Part 4 Organizing Women

Phoebe Bryant Hunter (1760-1844) Neither Northern nor Southern Mark J. Duvall 277

Cora Allen (1876-1935) Louisiana Fraternal Orders and the Making of a Race Woman Brittney Cooper 289

The Women of the New Orleans Christian Woman's Exchange (1881- ) From "Helping Women Who Help Themselves" to a Mission of Historic Preservation Beth Willinger 308

Sarah Towles Reed (1882-1978) Southern Firebrand Leslie Gale Parr 335

Georgia M. Johnson (1894-1969) "We Are but Americans": Civil Rights Activism in Alexandria, Louisiana Lee Sartain 353

Contributors 371

Index 375

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