Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist by Tina Stewart BrakebillBarbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist by Tina Stewart Brakebill

Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist

byTina Stewart Brakebill

Paperback | January 13, 2015

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Facets of Barbara Egger Lennon's life depict an ordinary white Midwestern woman of her time: teacher, wife, mother. Her work as a union organizer and political activist, however, complicate that picture. The way in which Egger Lennon balanced these roles illustrates how many women of her time shaped their lives in the face of three significant forces: work, family, and politics. Enriched by years of her detailed diary entries, Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist deepens our understanding of the ways in which work and political activism existed alongside the traditional role of women in the early 20th century.

About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read', featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Tina Stewart Brakebill is an award winning author and teacher. As an instructor at Illinois State University, Brakebill's classes focus on the experiences of women and minorities. She recently won the highest honor bestowed on teachers: the Outstanding University Teaching Award. Similar to her pedagogical goals, her research and writin...
Title:Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, ActivistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.62 × 0.25 inPublished:January 13, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813347971

ISBN - 13:9780813347974


Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword

1 From Student to Teacher, 1880s – 1902
2 Personal and Professional Deference to Authority, 1902 – 1908
3 Aspiring New Woman, 1909 – 1915
4 New Woman, 1915 – 1918
5 From New Woman at Work to New Woman at Home, 1919 – 1921
6 Motherhood and the New Woman, 1921 – 1928
7 Navigating the Great Depression: Union Organizing & Local Politics, 1929 – 1937
8 Looking Outward: From Depression to War, 1937 – 1945
9 Looking to the Future: Political Battles Won and Lost, 1945 – 1950
10 Retirement: Continuity and Change, 1950 – 1983

Primary Sources
Abbreviations Used
Study Questions
Annotated Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"For educators keen to include women in the American story, but hampered by the lack of thoughtful, concise scholarship, here comes ‘Lives of American Women,' embracing Abigail Adams's counsel to John—‘remember the ladies.' And high time, too!"—Lesley S. Herrmann, Executive Director, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History"These books are, above all, fascinating stories that will engage and inspire readers. They offer a glimpse into the lives of key women in history who either defied tradition or who successfully maneuvered in a man's world to make an impact. The stories of these vital contributors to American history deliver just the right formula for instructors looking to provide a more complicated and nuanced view of history."—Rosanne Lichatin, 2005 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America History Teacher of the Year"Students both in the general survey course and in specialized offerings like my course on U.S. women's history can get a great understanding of an era from a short biography. Learning a lot about a single but complex character really helps to deepen appreciation of what women's lives were like in the past."—Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara