- Title Pages
- Part One Women and the City
- One What the Ladies Were Saying
- Two The Principals
- Three An Immense Responsibility
- Four The Locals
- Five A City for Women
- Part Two The Stage Is Set; The Fair Begins
- Six The Chiefdom
- Seven Thimbles and a Teapot
- Eight Great Expectations
- Nine Work, the New Gospel of Womanhood
- Ten February Festivities
- Part Three Triumphs and Turmoils
- Eleven Opening at Last
- Twelve When Powerful Women Came to Town
- Thirteen Exhibits Great and Small
- Fourteen April Showers of Reproach
- Fifteen May Distractions
- Sixteen Final Battles
- Seventeen Endings
Opening at Last
Opening at Last
- (p.123) Eleven Opening at Last
- Southern Ladies and Suffragists
- University Press of Mississippi
This chapter details the opening day program of the Cotton Centennial Exposition on March 3, 1885. In his speech, Colonel Franklin C. Morehead, commissioner-general of the Exposition, said that when he first envisioned the Exposition from his cotton office in Vicksburg, he knew he wanted it to include a Woman's Department. He also declared himself a “Woman's Rights man.” Julia Ward Howe's speech sought to bring women together in mutual support as well as rebut critics who suggested there had been divisiveness among them. The final section of the chapter discusses how the official opening of the Woman's Department was a formality, a chance for Howe to ceremoniously transfer it to the Board of Management.
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