Eliza Calvert Hall: Kentucky Author and Suffragist
In 1907, the author, poet, essayist, and folk art historian Eliza Calvert Hall (1856–1935) published Aunt Jane of Kentucky, a collection of stories about rural life infused with the spirit and gentle good humor of its elderly narrator, Aunt Jane. The book and several sequels achieved wide popularity and placed Hall in the front ranks of “local color” fiction writers of her time. As Hall struggled to balance her writing career with the duties of a nineteenth-century wife and mother, suffragist Laura Clay was lobbying for every woman’s right to vote. Hall joined the battle, writing fearlessly in support of suffrage and equality. While her passionate essays served as a direct appeal for this cause, her creative writing also carried a feminist spirit, celebrating the strength, humor, love, and art of the common woman. In Eliza Calvert Hall, Lynn E. Niedermeier tells the story of this remarkable Kentucky woman for the first time.
Supplies a valuable history of the women's rights movement in Kentucky, and also introduces the reader to an overlooked author of compassionate and witty fiction. -- Bonnie Jean Cox, former director of the University of Kentucky's Women and Gender Studies program
University of Kentucky Press
women's rights, Kentucky folklife
Cultural History | Social History | Women's History
Eliza Calvert Hall: Kentucky Author and Suffragist, by Lynn Niedermeier (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007).