Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Publication covering women and literature.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, June

A Black Daughter of the Revolution
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution. By Lois Brown. Chapel Hill: The University Press of North Carolina, 2008. xiv + 690 pp. I am a daughter of the Revolution, you do not acknowledge black daughters of the Revolution but...
Announcement
We do not want merely a polite response to what we thought before, but by the freshness of thought in other minds to have new thought awakened in our own. We do not want stores of information only, but to be roused to digest these into knowledge. F....
Beyond the Bounds of the Book: Periodical Studies and Women Writers of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Scholars of realist and modernist literature have been slower than scholars of earlier eras to embrace the challenges of periodical studies, but they are now taking up the task. Certainly, the need to integrate the study of periodicals into a broad...
Elizabeth Stoddard's Civil War: "Gossip from Gotham" and the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin
In a letter written to her friend Edmund Clarence Stedman on 20 March 1862, Elizabeth Stoddard expressed admiration for his "late war letters, written with ease and spirit," that had been published in the New York World. Stedman, who was at the time...
Gossip from Gotham
[9 Oct. 1862, page 1] [FROM A LADY CORRESPONDENT.] NEW YORK, September 11, 1862. A Peep at the Country. The cool weather has not arrived, though we are in daily expectation of it--being somewhat weary of the uses of summer. As I write I...
"Gossip from Gotham" the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin
[12 May 1862, page 1] Gossip from Gotham. [FROM A LADY CORRESPONDENT.] NEW YORK, April 11, 1862. The War Correspondent of These Days. On account of the Palmetto, (1) the palmy days of the ordinary newspaper correspondent are over for...
Ida M. Tarbell's "Women in Journalism"
Ida M, Tarbell--best known today as a muckraker (a term coined by Theodore Roosevelt to describe journalists who exposed abuses in American business and government)--was born in 1857 in Erie County, Pennsylvania; she received both her bachelor's and...
"I've Only to Say the Word!" Uncle Tom's Cabin and Performative Speech Theory
This essay proposes a new reading of an important but neglected scene in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: the scene in volume 2, chapter 33, in which Cassy defiantly challenges Sambo as he threatens to whip her for assisting Tom. I read this...
Jane McManus Storm Cazneau, 1807-1878
Jane Cazneau, the most prolific female journalist on US foreign policy during the antebellum period, was not wanting in self-confidence. "To a certain point," she wrote Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft in July 1846, "I can and do control over...
Lost and Found: Making Claims on Archives
This essay, like the contributions by Lois Brown and Jeanne Pfaelzer that were printed in the previous issue, was presented at "Women in the Archives: Using Archived Collections in Research and Teaching on U. S. Women," a symposium held at the Maine...
Mrs. William L. Cazneau (Cora Montgomery). Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border. 1852. Ed. Robert Crawford Cotner. Austin: Pemberton, 1966. V-Vi
PREFACE. It was not at "the urgent solicitation of friends" that this volume was given to the press, for nobody was consulted in the matter. Beyond the assurance of the only one who had the "veto power" that he would not object thereto, and the...
Nineteenth-Century Abolitionists and the Databases They Created
American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, produced through the collaboration of Angelina Grimke Weld, her husband, Theodore Weld, and her sister, Sarah Grimke, had a tremendous impact on the abolition movement when it was published...
Profligate Gleaning and the Textual Economies of Judith Sargent Murray
Judith Sargent Murray is best known to us as the author of the important essay "On the Equality of the Sexes." Published two years before Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Murray's essay makes the case for female equality...
Special Thematic Cluster on Periodical Studies and Women Writers: The Second Sex in the Fourth Estate
In the United States, "fourth estate" commonly refers to the press--particularly to the periodical press and its journalistic function--as a de facto fourth branch of government, and the historical and popular uses of the phrase associate it with the...
"Yours, for the Cause": The Christian Recorder Writings of Lizzie Hart
Lizzie Hart was neither a major presence in the Black press or Black literature nor a central figure in early feminism. (1) She never achieved national prominence and perhaps never aspired to it. Her whole (re)discovered oeuvre--fourteen publications...
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