The Torchbearers

The Torchbearers : Women and Their Amateur Arts Associations in America, 1890-1930

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The women's arts clubs that flourished during the Progressive Era played a major role in the emergence of middle-brow culture in America. Although nineteenth-century women were expected to learn enough about the arts to amuse and edify their families, they were excluded from professional circles. The voluntary arts associations gave women artists an opportunity to assume a more active role in cultural life and a forum for extending their domestic support of the arts into the public sphere. The Torchbearers shows that these clubs were more than havens for artistic dilettantes. As advocacy groups they effectively promoted universal access to the fine arts, leaving a vital legacy of cultural programs and more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 28mm | 557.92g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w photographs
  • 0253311926
  • 9780253311924

About Karen J. Blair

KAREN J. BLAIR is Professor of History at Central Washington University. She is the author of The Clubwoman as Feminist: True Womanhood Redefined, 1868 1914 and The History of American Women s Voluntary Organizations, 1810 1960: A Guide to Sources."show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction ONE The Arts in Nineteenth-Century American WomenOs Lives TWO Arts and Activism: An Overview of WomenOs Clubs, 1890-1930 THREE Hear America First: WomenOs AMateur Musical Societies FOUR WomenOs Societies for the Visual Arts: The Struggle to Be Seen FIVE Pageantry and the WomenOs Rights Movement, 1905-1925 SIX The Little Theater Movement SEVEN The Clubhouse as Arts Center Notes Selected Bibliography Index Illustrations follow page 106show more

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