Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781512600902 Published July 2017
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512600896 Published July 2017
An e-book edition will be published.

Going to Boston

Harriet Robinson’s Journey to New Womanhood

Claudia L. Bushman

Going to Boston

Claudia L. Bushman

Distributed for University Press of New England

248 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781512600902 Published July 2017
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512600896 Published July 2017
E-book $34.99 ISBN: 9781512600919 Published July 2017
As a poet, author, and keen observer of life in 1870s Boston, Harriet Robinson played an essential—if occasionally underappreciated—role in the women’s suffrage movement during Boston’s golden age. Robinson flourished after leaving behind her humble roots in the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, deciding to spend a year in Boston discovering the culture and politics of America’s Athens. An honest, bright, and perceptive witness, she meets with Emerson and Julia Ward Howe, with whom she organizes the New England Women’s Club, and drinks deeply of the city’s artistic and cultural offerings. Noted historian Claudia L. Bushman proves a wonderful guide as she weaves together Robinson’s journal entries, her own learned commentary, and selections from other nineteenth-century writers to reveal the impact of the industrial revolution and the rise of women’s suffrage as seen through the experience of one articulate, engaged participant. Going to Boston will appeal to readers interested in both the history of Boston and the history of American progress itself.
Contents
Preface • Harriet’s World: Women After the Civil War • Winter: Boston: The Club, the Theater, the Statehouse • Spring: Malden: The Family, the House, the Garden • Summer: Vacations and War • Autumn: Boston: Politics and the Suffrage Bazar • Appendix 1: Books Read by the Robinsons in 1870 • Appendix 2: Additional Stories • Notes • Index
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