- 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
- (p.200) Seventeen Endings
- Southern Ladies and Suffragists
- University Press of Mississippi
This chapter focuses on events surrounding the end of the Cotton Centennial Exposition, in particular the Woman's Day celebration on May 30, 1885. Although it was Maud Howe's time to shine because the event centered on her gift of books, her mother presided at the occasion. Grace King noted, she did so “as a matter of course. She presides at everything & has done it so long that her air, manner, smile & language are actually thread bare,” King gossiped to her sister May. King and other local women had long ago tired of Howe's intruder personality, but she had delivered useful messages and employed effective tactics to make a successful Woman's Department.
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