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Southern Ladies and SuffragistsJulia Ward Howe and Women's Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World's Fair$
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Miki Pfeffer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461343

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461343.001.0001

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The Chiefdom

The Chiefdom

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(p.63) Six The Chiefdom
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Southern Ladies and Suffragists
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Miki Pfeffer

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461343.003.0007

This chapter describes the events following Julia Ward Howe's arrival in New Orleans. For instance, Howe expected to walk in and begin work in the Woman's Department upon her arrival. However, physical and cultural obstacles barred her way. At the least, the area for the Women's Department was still an empty shell, no matter how often newspapers painted optimistic portraits of buildings nearing completion. Howe also granted an interview to a male journalist from the Times-Democrat, who portrayed her as “a lady of advanced years, slight and small, with an intellectual head and a noble countenance, which when lit by her rare, slow smile, is very charming.” For those who wondered, he concluded that her “masculine mind” had not diminished the “femininity of manner” that put her interviewer at ease. This kind of reassurance was important to southern readers, for it could assuage an imagined threat from exposure to “strong-willed” women. The chapter also details the extravagant opening day celebrations on December 16, 1884.

Keywords:   Julia Ward Howe, Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans

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