Awhile back, I posted interior sketches of Academy Hall (home of the Jacksonville Female Academy), ca. 1890. Lamenting the lack of photographs and the ability to see what these rooms really looked like, I remained hopeful that one day photos would surface. The wait is over. And yes, there are photos of women’s dorm rooms.
I’ve been doing a bit of reading on the development of the political and economic thought of nineteenth century Illinois residents, where diverse peoples from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the upcountry South came together with very different ways of thinking about family, work, agriculture, land use, and politics. For all the usefulness of theseContinue reading “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free… Women?”
Meet Rachel, our Illinois College intern, who is pre-selling copies of her summer project: a cookbook shared across three generations of women between 1810 and 1890 – Hannah Odgen, her daughter Elizabeth Duncan, and her granddaughter Julia Kirby. Order yours today by clicking here!
As historian Joan Jensen likes to point out, until quite recently most American women were rural women living on farms and in small towns. Yet somehow, historians of American women have chosen to either focus more on urban areas or remove geography from the equation all together.