Georgia Women : Their Lives and Times - Volume 2 EPUB
Edited by Kathleen Ann Clark, Ann Short Chirhart
Part of the Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series series
Women were leading actors in twentieth-century developments in Georgia, yet most histories minimize their contributions. The essays in the second volume of Georgia Women, edited by Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen Ann Clark, vividly portray a wide array of Georgia women who played an important role in the states history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous present-day figures such as Pulitzer Prizewinning author Alice Walker and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
Georgia women were instrumental to state and national politics even before they achieved suffrage, and as essays on Lillian Smith, Frances Pauley, Coretta Scott King, and others demonstrate, they played a key role in twentieth-century struggles over civil rights, gender equality, and the proper size and reach of government. Georgia womens contributions have been wide ranging in the arena of arts and culture and include the works of renowned blues singer Gertrude Ma Rainey and such nationally prominent literary figures as Margaret Mitchell, Carson McCullers, and Flannery OConnor, as well as Walker.
While many of the volumes essays take a fresh look at relatively well-known figures, readers will also have the opportunity to discover women who were vital to Georgias history yet remain relatively obscure today, such as Atlanta educator and activist Lugenia Burns Hope, World War II aviator Hazel Raines, entrepreneur and carpet manufacturer Catherine Evans Whitener, and rural activist and author Vara A. Majette. Collectively, the life stories portrayed in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself.