Frances Willard

Willard, Frances Elizabeth

Frances Elizabeth Willard, 1839–98, American temperance leader and reformer, b. Churchville, N.Y., grad. Northwestern Female College, 1859. She was president of Evanston College for Ladies and dean of women at Northwestern Univ. After leaving the university, she helped organize (1874) the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and in 1879 became its president. She devoted most of her life to the organization of women for the prohibition of alcoholic beverages but was active in other causes, especially that of woman suffrage.

See her autobiography, Glimpses of Fifty Years (1889); biographies by M. Earhart (1944) and M. L. Gates (1964).

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Frances Willard: A Biography
Ruth Bordin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1986
FREE! The Beautiful Life of Francis E. Willard: A Memorial Volume
Anna A. Gordon.
Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, 1898
Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.1, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Social Feminism: Frances Willard, 'Feminine Feminist'"
Cross Currents in the International Women's Movement, 1848-1948
Patricia Ward D'Itri.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Frances Willard and the Women's Christian Temperance Union"
Well-Tempered Women: Nineteenth-Century Temperance Rhetoric
Carol Mattingly.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Dissension and Division: Racial Tension and the WCTU"
No Saloon in the Valley: The Southern Strategy of Texas Prohibitionists in the 1880s
James D. Ivy.
Baylor University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "'The Lone Star State Surrenders to a Lone Woman': Frances Willard's 1882 Texas Tour"
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Frances E. Willard (1839-1898), Reinventor of 'True Womanhood'" begins on p. 476
Against the Tide: Women Reformers in American Society
Paul A. Cimbala; Randall M. Miller.
Praeger Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Frances Willard and Temperance" begins on p. 73
Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics
Andrew Sabl.
Princeton University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Frances Willard: Moral Reform and Political Zealotry" begins on p. 236
Religion and Radical Politics: An Alternative Christian Tradition in the United States
Robert H. Craig.
Temple University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard" begins on p. 47
Flaneurie on Bicycles: Acquiescence to Women in Public in the 1890s
Mackintosh, Phillip Gordon; Norcliffe, Glen.
The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring 2006
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