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Women, Culture, and Community: Religion and Reform in Galveston, 1880–1920

Elizabeth Hayes Turner


This book addresses a central question in post-Reconstruction social history: why did middle-class women expand their activities from the private to the public sphere and begin, in the years just before World War I, an unprecedented activism? Using Galveston as a case study, the author examines how a generally conservative, traditional environment could produce important women's organizations for progressive reform. She concludes that the women of Galveston, though slow to respond to national movements, were stirred to action on behalf of their local community. Local organizations, particularl ... More

Keywords: women, post-Reconstruction South, Galveston, progressive reform, poor relief, Episcopal church, Presbyterian church, activist organizations, religious history, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Hayes Turner, author
University of Houston