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Southern Discomfort: Women's Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s
by Nancy A Hewitt
University of Illinois Press, 2001
Paper: 978-0-252-07191-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02682-9
Library of Congress Classification HQ1439.T36H487 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.40975965

Vitally linked to the Caribbean and southern Europe as well as to the Confederacy, the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida, never fit comfortably into the biracial mold of the New South. In Southern Discomfort, highly regarded historian Nancy A. Hewitt explores the interactions among distinct groups of women--native-born white, African American, Cuban and Italian immigrant women--that shaped women's activism in this vibrant, multiethnic city.
Southern Discomfort emphasizes the process by which women forged and reformulated their activist identities from Reconstruction through the U.S. declaration of war against Spain in April 1898, the industrywide cigar strike of 1901, and the emergence of progressive reform and labor militancy. This masterful volume also recasts our understanding of southern history by demonstrating how Tampa's triracial networks alternately challenged and reinscribed the South's biracial social and political order.

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