Original Papers; Hurn, Ethel A. Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States. 1911 Volume 6

Original Papers; Hurn, Ethel A. Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States. 1911 Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...given her under the Government contract in a very short time. Probably without using the machine, neither she nor hundreds of others could have earned a living making these garments. A Patriotic School Teacher The increase in the number of women who taught school during this period is not at all surprising, since so many of these positions were left vacant by men who had gone to the front. The wages paid differed, however, for in 1860 a man received an average of $24.20 a month, while a woman received only $22.24. Very few accounts have been secured relating to the Wisonsin women who taught during this period. As an illustration of the patriotic spirit of one of these teachers the following story is told. About nine miles from Waupaca a young woman taught a district school; she was devoted to the Union and taught her pupils to sing patriotic songs. The school board consisted mostly of Southern sympathizers, who told her that such songs would never do. The next day the children began their school work by singing "John Brown." 5276icZ, p. 89. That same morning the members of the board waited upon her, and informed her that she would have to choose between discontinuing the songs or closing the school. The plucky girl replied that she had a contract to teach, that the children were accustomed to sing in the morning, and should continue to do so. On the third day following this episode, the teacher found the schoolhouse closed; but nothing daunted, she summoned the patriotic women of the neighborhood, who remained at the schoolhouse until noon as her witnesses. Her next act was to call on the school board and demand her salary for the whole period during which she had expected to teach. They refused to grant her request, but fortunately a company of...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666468X
  • 9781236664686