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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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When Powerful Women Came to Town

When Powerful Women Came to Town

(p.129) Twelve When Powerful Women Came to Town
Southern Ladies and Suffragists

Miki Pfeffer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the arrival of famous women in the spring of 1885, drawn to New Orleans by the chance to speak to broad new audiences about the causes of their lives. Among them was Frances E. Willard (1839–1898), who arrived on March 13, 1885, for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union's (WCTU) Temperance Day meeting, which was held in the cavernous Music Hall of the Main Building. Willard as the featured speaker, and a number of campaigners in the temperance movement joined her on the platform, including “Mrs. Judge Merrick” and eleven others. By 1885, the WCTU was a respected national movement that drew female members from all areas of the country, partly because of growing public awareness of the pervasiveness and consequences of drunkenness, and because Willard was a peripatetic, persistent, and strategic leader.

Keywords:   Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Frances E. Williard, Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, temperance movement

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