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Making Waves

Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida

Making Waves by Jack E. Davis
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''These essays lift up the lives of outstanding Florida women who helped shape the course of 20th-century Florida.''--James B. Crooks, University of North Florida

From Ruth Bryan Owen, Florida's first congresswoman, and Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College, to Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the first chairwoman of the Seminole Tribe, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, champion of the Everglades, Making Waves examines the lives and works of women activists who made a significant impact on Florida in the last century.

This collection enriches our understanding of the history of modern Florida and the role women played in it. To a degree greater than any other southern state in the 20th century, Florida experienced dramatic economic, political, social, and environmental challenges, and Florida's women were in the forefront of the great social and political responses to those challenges. These 13 essays describe the contributions made by women in urban renewal, civil liberties, civil rights, child welfare, labor unions, education, environmental protection, rural extension work, and women's liberation.

By illuminating the involvement of the state's women in many of these fundamental issues, Making Waves provides a long-overdue chapter in Florida history. It will also contribute to the advancement of the study of women's history by examining women's activism in a variety of contexts and illustrating how this activism was often circumscribed by class and racial bias.

Jack E. Davis is associate professor of history and director of environmental studies at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Kari Frederickson is assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

UPF; March 2003
352 pages; ISBN 9780813031293
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Title: Making Waves
Author: Jack E. Davis; Kari Frederickson