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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 68 Issue 3, July 1991
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An examination of women artisans in Rowan County, which in the late 18th century encompassed the entire northwestern quadrant of the modern state. While the actual number of women artisans will never be known because the business activities of some married women were run by their husbands, but the count of women artisans evidenced in county records grew in the last half of the 18th century with spinning and weaving being the most popular craft.
Sarah Dudley Pettey was an eminent African-American feminist in New Bern in the 1890s who belonged to the generation of black women born in freedom. As a member of the aspiring middle class, Pettey predicted white recognition of black accomplishments and that class consciousness would extend across racial lines based on the expanding black middle class. When the Democrats launched a white supremacy campaign in 1898 seeking to destroy black aspirations and limit economic possibilities, they both institutionalized the prevailing racial trends and profoundly recorded society. Many African American women, including Pettey became feminists seeking reform, but encountered both racial and patriarchal suppression.
A look at the idea of the \"New Woman\" for the New South that developed at the North Carolina Normal and Industrial College for white women after its establishment in 1892. The college's mission was to train teachers for public schools with a goal of propagating the values and skills that southerners needed to move from the rural, agricultural world of the Old South to the Urban, entrepreneurial, industrial world of the New South. Through this, a new model of womanhood developed that would not only shape and be shaped by a changed collegiate culture, but one that would also sanction women's invasion of the public sphere.
This article examines the feminist movement of the 1920s, specifically the decline of feminism during the decade, first via the historiography of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and then through the ideas, values, and ideology that informed the range of women's activities in a changing social and political context, with the North Carolina League of Women Voters serving as a case study.
An examination of the process through which women gained political influence in the early decades of the 20th century and the problems that arose because of their distinctly female political styles, strategies, and expectations of government.