Casting a net: Are there women’s historians among you who have research interests in Progressive women’s movements and work in Tennessee? There are those of us who are putting together a potential conference on the work of women’s organizations during the Progressive Era in Tennessee. Some of the organizations/movements/issues we have in mind include temperance (WCTU had its national convention in Nashville in 1887), Jeanes teachers, women’s academies, women in higher ed, health care, city development programs, immigrant programs, penal system matrons and social workers, the colleges, rural women’s initiatives, Jewish women’s leagues, African American women’s societies, unionization, shirt factory workers, other workers’ interest groups, the teachers’ union, Scouting, National Congress of Mothers, social clubs and their functions. We are possibly interested in issues and programs across Tennessee; or, the inquiry may focus on Middle Tennessee, Nashville, and the Upper Cumberland. We are less interested in a woman-biographical approach and more seeking issue-based research on movements by women and organizations of women, looking at the work of women as prime movers in progressive efforts in Tennessee in the later 1800s and into the early 20th century. We have a conference and a volume in mind and would love to exchange ideas with you. Please contact me off list.
Mary Evins, Ph.D.
Dept. of History, Geography, and Political Science
Tennessee State University
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