By Katherine H Adams
A gaggle in their personal is the interesting tale of the 1st generations of ladies who went to school to profit to be writers after which introduced their careers writing poetry and prose. This remarkable team incorporated Elizabeth Bishop, Ruby Black, Pearl dollar, Emma Bugbee, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, Mildred Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker.
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Newcomb College in New Orleans, which grew out of art classes for women created by Tulane professors for the Cotton Exposition of 1884, began with embroidery, brass work, jewelry, ceramics, and bookbinding as well as vocal music, chemistry, modern languages, and Latin. While educational leaders experimented with the appropriate definitions and curricula for a women’s college, the states were also being pressured to admit women to public universities. In fact, by 1900, more than twice as many women attended coeducational schools than women’s colleges, with opportunities especially arising at state schools that received funding from the Morrill Act of 1862, through which the federal government authorized the selling of federal lands to support practical and technical education for both men and women, and the Morrill Act of 1890, which led to the creation of historically black public colleges in the South—and to the end of the Reconstruction practice of admitting some black men and women to other Southern state schools.
Wilson’s Frado is abandoned by her white mother after the death of her black father. Frado works as an indentured servant: she is treated hatefully by Mrs. When Frado’s indenture, a torture she bore with kindness, is finally over, she is too weak to work steadily. She finally marries, but, unlike many heroines of sentimental novels, she is abandoned by her husband and left to find her way alone. When her rival for the Reverend’s affections, Ethel Lawton, dies on the night before their wedding, Megda is inspired by her rival’s calm acceptance of death and begins a life of Christian teaching.
Written more than one hundred years after the works themselves,Tompkins’s study was perhaps the first to move beyond Non-Writer definitions to a consideration of artistic purpose and achievement. As women took advantage of a limited space by writing about fashion, gossip, and moral advice, they were thus, like female fiction writers, defined as Non-Writers unworthy of critical study. In his Journalism in the United States, 1690–1872, published in 1873, Frederic Hudson made fun of the odd combination of subject matters in Stanton and Anthony’s Revolution and other women’s reform journals by labeling the writers as “Communists in crinoline against the Versaillists” and summarizing their arguments as “Woman is a wretched slave, with nothing to wear” (499, 501).
A group of their own: college writing courses and American women writers, 1880-1940 by Katherine H Adams