America’s Early Women Celebrities

The Famous and Scorned from Martha Washington to Silent Film Star Mary Fuller

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About the Book

Well before the existence of television and the internet, there were women that sought fame, flirted with infamy, and actively engaged with their fan base. In today’s pop culture-filled world with figures like Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, it can be hard to understand what the lives of these women were like. In this pre-suffragette world, women who attracted attention were considered scandalous and it was largely uncommon for women to become celebrities. The women who rose to fame in these times had to put up with societal standards for women on top of the lack of privacy and free speech. This book provides us with the details and context to get to know the women who captured America’s heart in the 19th century. Rather than looking at influential women who strictly avoided notoriety, it covers the lives of 18 celebrities like Lydia Maria Child, Sojourner Truth, and Jane Addams.

About the Author(s)

Angela Firkus is professor of history at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. She teaches and publishes on American women’s history and on other U.S. history topics. She also writes the blog Women Celebrities Remembered and Forgotten.

Bibliographic Details

Angela Firkus
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8023-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4184-3
Imprint: McFarland