By Margot Ford McMillen
A hot, intimate account of the affection among Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a courting that, over greater than 3 a long time, remodeled either women's lives and empowered them to play major roles in a single of the main tumultuous classes in American history
In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound lifestyles of the 1st woman with dread. by means of that point, she had positioned her deep sadness in her marriage in the back of her and built an self sufficient life—now threatened by means of the general public position she will be compelled to play. A lifeline got here to her within the kind of a feisty crusade reporter for the linked Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the subsequent thirty years, until eventually Eleanor’s dying, the 2 ladies carried on a unprecedented courting: They have been, at varied issues, fanatics, confidantes, specialist advisors, and worrying friends.
They could not were extra diversified. Eleanor have been raised in a single of the nation’s strongest political households and used to be brought to society as a debutante ahead of marrying her far away cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she used to be identified, had grown up negative in rural South Dakota and labored as a servant woman after she escaped an abusive domestic, finally changing into some of the most revered newshounds on the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the 2 speedy fell in love. For the subsequent 13 years, Hick had her personal room on the White apartment, round the corner to the 1st Lady.
those fiercely compassionate ladies encouraged one another to correct the wrongs of the turbulent period during which they lived. through the melancholy, Hick pronounced from the nation’s poorest components for the WPA, and Eleanor used those stories to foyer her husband for brand spanking new Deal courses. Hick inspired Eleanor to show their common letters into her well known and long-lasting syndicated column "My Day," and to befriend the feminine reporters who grew to become her champions. whilst Eleanor’s tenure as First girl ended with FDR's dying, Hick driven her to proceed to exploit her acceptance for good—advice Eleanor took via top the UN’s postwar Human Rights fee. At each flip, the bond those ladies shared used to be grounded of their decision to raised their afflicted world.
Deeply researched and advised with nice warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a brilliant portrait of affection and a revealing examine how an not likely romance stimulated probably the most consequential years in American historical past.
By Margot Mifflin
During this research of British middle-class feminism within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, Antoinette Burton explores a huge yet ignored historic size of the connection among feminism and imperialism. Demonstrating how feminists within the uk appropriated imperialistic ideology and rhetoric to justify their very own correct to equality, she finds numerous feminisms grounded in notions of ethical and racial superiority. in line with Burton, Victorian and Edwardian feminists equivalent to Josephine Butler, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and Mary wood worker believed that the local girls of colonial India constituted a distinct 'white woman's burden.' even supposing there have been a few admired Indian girls in Britain in addition to in India operating towards a few of the comparable targets of equality, British feminists trusted pictures of an enslaved and primitive 'Oriental womanhood' short of liberation by the hands in their emancipated British 'sisters.' Burton argues that this unquestioning popularity of Britain's imperial prestige and of Anglo-Saxon racial superiority created a collection of imperial feminist ideologies, the legacy of which has to be well-known and understood via modern feminists.
Daughters of Hecate unites for the 1st time examine at the challenge of gender and magic in 3 historical Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman tradition. The e-book illuminates the gendering of historic magic by means of coming near near the subject from 3 certain disciplinary views: literary stereotyping, the social software of magic discourse, and fabric culture.
The authors probe the principles of, tactics, and motivations at the back of gendered stereotypes, starting with Western culture's earliest institutions of girls and magic within the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate offers a nuanced exploration of the subject whereas keeping off reductive methods. actually, the essays during this quantity discover complexities and counter-discourses that problem, instead of reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken without any consideration and reified via newest scholarship.
By combining severe theoretical equipment with study into literary and fabric facts, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a fake organization that has continued from antiquity, to early sleek witch hunts, to the current day.
A real lifestyles Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus global to lifestyles throughout the gorgeously written, actual tale of well known trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the main well-known lady on the planet on the flip of the 20 th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the well-known Flying Codona Brothers.
Like cutting-edge Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she used to be identified to her titanic public by way of only one identify, Leitzel. There can have been a few areas in the world the place her identify was once no longer a family expression, but when so, they have been most likely on polar ice caps or within the darkest, private jungles.
Leitzel was once born into Dickensian conditions, and have become a princess after which a queen. She used to be now not a lot greater than a great dimension fairy, simply four-foot-ten and no more than a hundred kilos. within the first a part of the twentieth century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of unending magic. She was once the most important famous person ever of the largest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the best convey in the world.
In her existence, Leitzel had many suitors (and 3 husbands), yet just one guy ever absolutely captured her center. He was once the good-looking Alfredo Codona, the best trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the single one in his time who, evening after evening, achieved the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair whereas touring at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, because the Italians referred to as it, took the lives of extra daredevils than the other circus stunt.