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Call for Contributors: Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era(2017-05-29)


We invite abstracts for chapters for an upcoming anthology on the work of Tennessee Progressive Era women, to be published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2019, in time for the 2020 centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Building on Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era: Toward the Public Sphere in the New South (UT Press, 2013), the editors wish to expand and deepen understanding of women’s work across Tennessee during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Explicitly not a collection of women’s biographies, the upcoming volume seeks to be comprehensive in scope; to encompass a wide range of issues; to be intersectional; to broaden research beyond work on urban, white, elite women; to showcase women’s work geographically across and within as many sectors of Tennessee as possible; and to shed light on women’s activities in Tennessee’s non-elite communities and rural counties.

Critical themes of the analogy are the foundational aspects of women’s work toward Progressive reforms and women’s actions that generated, or demonstrated, societal changes. Whereas in the 2013 collection, we intentionally excluded suffrage campaigns, in the upcoming volume woman suffrage efforts are very welcome, especially those that move beyond the “Perfect 36th” ratification narrative. We envision contributions to scholarship in at least six general areas: business/labor; education; social clubs/community associations; church/synagogue outreach; politics/government/law; and civic engagement, broadly defined. Surprise us; what have we missed?

Possible research areas that lend themselves to the anthology include the work of women’s social clubs, Jeanes teachers, women's academies, women in higher education, public health initiatives, municipal development, immigrant programs, penal system matrons, social work, rural women’s programs in their communities, journalism by women in small-town newspapers, Jewish women's leagues, NACW and other African American women's societies, unionization, shirt factory workers, additional labor groups, teachers' unions, Girl Scouting, National Congress of Mothers, legislative and legal campaigns, and many other areas of interest.

Proposals should be problem based and centered on movements or endeavors by women or women’s groups, emphasizing women as public actors in progressive (and regressive) efforts in Tennessee. Although we are not interested in biographies, highlighting the struggles of key individuals may be integral to your topic.

The anthology is state focused, but we understand that women’s intersecting missions often positioned them regionally and nationally with relationships, impacts, and implications beyond state circumscription. Relevant regional papers, therefore, with Tennessee linkages, are also welcome.

Chapter proposals should be in the form of a 250-500 word abstract with title and bibliography. Include name, full contact information, and brief c.v. Send chapter precis by August 1, 2017. We encourage open lines of communication and welcome your involvement. Please feel comfortable to call and discuss your ideas.

Mary Evins
Honors College and Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University, Box 267
Murfreesboro, TN 37137
(615) 904-8241

Minoa Uffelman
Department of History
Austin Peay State University, Box 4486
Clarksville, TN  37044
(931) 221-7704

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