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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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Opening at Last

Opening at Last

(p.123) Eleven Opening at Last
Southern Ladies and Suffragists

Miki Pfeffer

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.

Keywords:   Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, speeches, Franklin C. Moreheadm Julia Ward Howe

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