More than Petticoats: Remarkable Illinois Women profiles the lives of twelve of the Prairie State's most important historical figures born before 1900. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women, each in her separate field, helped build the proud history of America's twenty-first state.
Anna Elizabeth Slough journeyed to Illinois when it was considered part of the untamed “Far West” and later ran her own hotel in Peoria. Myra Bradwell championed better working conditions and bravely paved the way for labor regulation. Jane Addams, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, spent her entire adult life educating and caring for Chicago's poor and downtrodden.
Each of these women demonstrated an independence of spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their extraordinary lives in this captivating collection of biographies.
About the Author
Lyndee Jobe Henderson has been digging up history ever since she was a little girl accompanying her father on archaeological expeditions. The courage of ordinary people living in extraordinary times impressed this Johnstown, Pennsylvania native, who grew up hearing stories about the survivors of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Since relocating to Illinois, Lyndee has researched the Lincolns, the Civil War, the Victorian era, and Illinois prairie life. Lyndee shares her now empty nest in Naperville with husband Larry and Pomeranian dog Kodiak.
Table of Contents
1798-1872 Christiana Holmes Tillson 1
1800-1878 Anna Elizabeth Slough 13
1804-1879 Emma Hale Smith 23
1816-1908 Lydia Moss Bradley 34
1818-1900 Candace McCormick Reed 44
1818-1882 Mary Todd Lincoln 56
1831-1894 Myra Bradwell 68
1845-1918 Dr. Ella Flagg Young 79
1860-1935 jane Addams 91
1869-1957 Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone 102
1893-1969 Irene Castle 113
1899-1991 Ruth Page 124
About the Author 149