The Power and Passion of M.Carey Thomas

The Power and Passion of M.Carey Thomas

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Best known as the second president and primary architect of Bryn Mawr College, M. Carey Thomas was also a founder of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a leader in the women's suffrage movement, and the preeminent spokeswoman for education around the turn of the century. Brilliantly capturing all sides of the life and personality of this strong and influential woman, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz details Thomas's accomplishments as an educator and feminist and her intimate relationships with women, as well as her manipulative and duplicitous side, her racism, and her anti-Semitism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 151.6 x 232.9 x 31.2mm | 836.05g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252068114
  • 9780252068119

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"A major book... [Horowitz] has intelligently pondered the problems of writing about a sacred monster, especially one whose story has either been delicately censored or dangerously simplified... Like all important books of history, The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas is also a parable charged with moral significance."-Catharine R. Stimpson, Women's Review of Books "[Horowitz] gives us a complex portrait of a woman whose public life was often heroic, whose politics was a mixture of progressivism and snobbery, and whose private life was more exciting than anything in the soaps. By tearing away the veil of privacy from one important person, she also sheds light on a network of other remarkable, venturesome women who defied convention to construct independent lives." - Diane Ravitch, New York Times Book Review "A fascinatingly nuanced portrait of an enormously complicated individual." Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, American Historical Review "Horowitz achieves a remarkably balanced and dispassionate view of her subject... This biography makes M. Carey Thomas once again a force to be contended with." - Joan D. Hendrick, Journal of American History
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