Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women by Chris Enss

By Chris Enss

From Calamity Jane’s relentless pursuit of untamed invoice Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave all of it up for the speeding Bat Masterson—and discovered to remorse it, those romantic tales from the outdated West are nonetheless general and wonderful to readers this present day. Meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid spouse of untamed invoice Hickok and find out about the final love letter he despatched earlier than being dealt the lifeless man’s hand. study the tale in the back of the fascinating performer Lotta Crabtree’s heartaches. And realize the story of the speeding equipment Carson and his attractive bride. This assortment gains the teachings discovered through and from the antics of the ladies who formed the West.

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Maternal Reformers and Education 35 beginning to pall? Direct evidence of this would be unlikely to find its way into the commemorative volume of letters. But in 1885 Lucy Soulsby jumped at the chance to undertake some teaching at Cheltenham Ladies College. The distinguished Dorothea Beale recognized her talent, at a time when highly educated women teachers were still in short supply. Two years as a form mistress led on to a successful application for the headship of Oxford High School, and the gates were finally opened to a wider world of women’s education and social ideals.

This tends to reinforce the central conclusions of the present study. Women opposed their own enfranchisement for constructive as well as negative reasons, and they did so in very large numbers. Women against the vote deserve more attention within histories of anti-suffragism and of suffragism alike, for the relationship between these opposing movements was more than merely reciprocal. Suffragists and anti-suffragists defined each other’s ideas and activities through collaboration as well as through conflict.

H. Green and his Age (Lanham: University Press of America, 1983); E. Anderson, ‘The Feminism of T. H. ’, History of Political Thought, 12/4 (1991), 671–93. Maternal Reformers and Education 37 newly launched High Church foundation could move decisively in support of the education of women, linked to a more socially aware Christianity. Further inspiration for the female educational cause was drawn from John Ruskin’s presence in Oxford, as Slade Professor of Art. ⁴⁷ Though Oxford remained an enclave of the British male elite in the later nineteenth century, most of the colleges were no longer semi-monastic communities which shunned all female presence.

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