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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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April Showers of Reproach

April Showers of Reproach

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(p.161) Fourteen April Showers of Reproach
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Southern Ladies and Suffragists
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Miki Pfeffer

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461343.003.0015

This chapter describes the rise of conflicts between women in the Woman's Department. The glowing unity of the opening was like the calm eye of a hurricane; impending squalls would soon again destroy the temporary accord. While the separate department offered room for women to wrestle with serious issues, it also gave gossip a home. Soon, invasive quarrels became public knowledge in reports from Catharine Cole in the Picayune and from the rabble-rousing Mascot. By early April 1885, Cole's columns began to read more like rants than reports, telling of “broils and turmoils and constantly recurring disturbances in the Woman's Department.” A hostile press would eventually question Julia Ward Howe's authority, her leadership style, and her apparent disregard for the sisterhood she espoused.

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

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