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Women, Culture, and CommunityReligion and Reform in Galveston, 1880–1920$
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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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After the Storm: Women, Public Policy, and Power

After the Storm: Women, Public Policy, and Power

(p.187) 7 After the Storm: Women, Public Policy, and Power
Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Galveston after the Hurricane of 1900 which was the worst natural disaster in the history of the North American continent. Historians of the Progressive Era recalled that out of the destruction citizens implemented structural reform and turned a formerly aldermanic governing body into a five-man city commission. Thus, city commission government was born. The Women's Health Protective Association's activities were considerable. As leaders in the first democratic Progressive Era women's organization, they brought all the organizing skills learned in their earlier institution-building days to a more open organization and to a larger forum. Their enthusiasm and energy inspired other progressive organizations for men and women. They learned practical politics. They participated in women's political culture though their organizing talents were limited to mere influence.

Keywords:   Galveston, Hurricane of 1990, Progressive Era, city commission, Women's Health Protective Association, practical politics

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