Facets of Barbara Egger Lennon's life depict an ordinary white Midwestern woman of her time: teacher, wife, mother. Her work as a union organizer and political activist, however, complicate that picture. The way in which Egger Lennon balanced these roles illustrates how many women of her time shaped their lives in the face of three significant forces: work, family, and politics. Enriched by years of her detailed diary entries, Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist deepens our understanding of the ways in which work and political activism existed alongside the traditional role of women in the early 20th century.
About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read', featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.
Series Editor's Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1 From Student to Teacher, 1880s -- 1902 2 Personal and Professional Deference to Authority, 1902 -- 1908 3 Aspiring New Woman, 1909 -- 1915 4 New Woman, 1915 -- 1918 5 From New Woman at Work to New Woman at Home, 1919 -- 1921 6 Motherhood and the New Woman, 1921 -- 1928 7 Navigating the Great Depression: Union Organizing & Local Politics, 1929 -- 1937 8 Looking Outward: From Depression to War, 1937 -- 1945 9 Looking to the Future: Political Battles Won and Lost, 1945 -- 1950 10 Retirement: Continuity and Change, 1950 -- 1983 Primary Sources Abbreviations Used Study Questions Notes Annotated Bibliography Index