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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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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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(p.82) Eight Great Expectations
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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/9781628461343.003.0009

This chapter describes the preparation of exhibits and spaces in the Woman's Department. Although exhibits would vary in quality, together they were a reflection of the real spectrum of women's daily lives. Lady Commissioners gathered up whatever was available as “woman's work” in 1884. Perhaps no woman had greater expectations of the department than Catharine Cole of the Picayune. She predicted that viewers could find “food for thought” that would awaken “new ambitions amongst women.” Although the display of fancywork was lovely, Cole wrote, women should apply the “test of comparison.” They should compete and evaluate publicly. Perhaps this counsel was new to ladies. However, as weeks passed into January 1885, the demand grew louder for a date when the Exposition would announce itself “complete and in readiness for visitors”.

Keywords:   exhibits, Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, Catharine Cole

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