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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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May Distractions

May Distractions

(p.177) Fifteen May Distractions
Southern Ladies and Suffragists

Miki Pfeffer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the notable men who arrived in New Orleans to render optimism and to divert attention from the turbulence around Julia Ward Howe and the Woman's Department. Among them was ex-governor John Wesley Hoyt of the Wyoming Territory who expressed supposed for woman suffrage. Although Hoyt claimed that he had never before made a speech on the voting rights of women, he cited “fourteen years of observation and experience” as evidence for his testimony. Two eminent northeastern editors—Charles Dudley Warner (editor and proprietor of the Hartford Courant) and Richard Watson Gilder (editor in chief of Century Magazine)—also brought unexpected promise for southern, and perhaps western, women to earn money from home through fiction writing.

Keywords:   Julia Ward Howe, Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, John Wesley Hoyt, voting rights, suffrage, fiction writing, Charles Dudley Warner, Richard Watson Gilder

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