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Bringing down the Colonel : a sex scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "powerless" woman who took on Washington

Author: Patricia Miller
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In the summer of 1893, headlines across the United States screamed of one thing: a virtually unknown woman was suing a well-respected congressman for fifty thousand dollars. ... The Cincinnati Enquirer declared, 'Nothing in recent years has created such a social agitation.' In [this book], journalist Patricia Miller unveils and explores the unknown story of Madeline Pollard, whose suit illuminates a crucial moment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Named Person: Madeline Pollard; William Campbell Preston Breckinridge; William Campbell Preston Breckinridge
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Miller
ISBN: 9780374252663 0374252661 1250234913 9781250234919
OCLC Number: 1050144218
Description: 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Gold to be made --
A bright and brainy woman --
A bastard catch'd --
The left-hand road --
The wanton widow --
Not so easily handled --
What shall we do with our daughters? --
For the likes of me --
The needle, the school room, and the store --
A house of mercy --
A good woman --
Miss Pollard's ruin in Lexington --
Somebody's daughter --
A man of passion --
Hindered, not ruined --
The front parlor and the back gate --
The cavalier and the puritans --
Refusing to behave --
Redemption.
Responsibility: Patricia Miller.

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"In the summer of 1893, headlines across the United States screamed of one thing: a virtually unknown woman was suing a well-respected congressman for fifty thousand dollars. ... The Cincinnati Enquirer declared, 'Nothing in recent years has created such a social agitation.' In [this book], journalist Patricia Miller unveils and explores the unknown story of Madeline Pollard, whose suit illuminates a crucial moment in the history of women's rights. It was the culmination of a scandal ten years in the making. In the early 1880s, Colonel W.C.P. Breckinridge, a handsome, married, moralizing lawyer running for Congress, called on Madeline Pollard, a young student at the Wesleyan Female College, thus beginning a lengthy affair, one Pollard thought might someday end in marriage. When it didn't, she sued Breckinridge for breach of promise--and thereby revealed their affair, her past pregnancies, and her now-sullied reputation. The audacity of Madeline Pollard's suit utterly shocked the nation. Even more shocking: she won. As Miller tells Pollard's story, she also introduces other women worth knowing--from Maria Halpin, raped and sent to an insane asylum by the future president Grover Cleveland, to Nisba Breckinridge, the colonel's daughter and the first woman to receive a Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago--and charts the changes in attitudes about women and sex over the years. [This book] is a riveting chronicle of lost American history: Madeline Pollard's story is resonant and redemptive."--Jacket.

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