Quenching the fire in her heart: The Ladies’ Association for Educating Females

IMG_20151111_152512.974One of my big questions in American Athena is: What happens when you have a community of educated females? Do women agitate for and enjoy more social, political, and economic rights? Does it affect how they shape their institutions and move in public spaces?

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The Elephant in the Room

Elephant - Western Observer - April 23 1831_Page_15

From the Western Observer, April 23, 1831.

I stumbled across this ad from the Western Observer, a Jacksonville newspaper, dated April 1831. It throws a wrench into everything we think we know about the frontier.

It is the literal elephant in the room that brings together various threads questioning standard historical narratives that privilege patriarchy, whiteness, and Americans’ obsession with manifest destiny.  Continue reading