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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

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

Miki Pfeffer

University Press of Mississippi

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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