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Sub Section: As A Wife and Mother
"Marriage signified a woman's maturity and respectability, but motherhood was confirmation that she had entered the world of womanly virtue and female fulfillment."
 
 
Article Name: Status Of A Married Woman In American Society 1898
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Daily Life Of An Ambitious Women 1902
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: For Better, For Worse 1906  Englishwoman vs American Women
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: The Englishwoman At Home 1893
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11/22/2010

 
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Web Link: Frigid Victorian Women?
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11/22/2010

 
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Bygone Days

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Web Link: A Whisper To A Newly Married Pair
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11/22/2010

 
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Victoriana.com

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Web Link: The History of Midwifery and Childbirth In America: A Timeline
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11/22/2010

 
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Midwifery Today

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Web Link: Diet and Drinks of Nursing Women by Jno. Stainback Wilson, M.D. 1860
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11/22/2010

 
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Victoriana.com

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Web Link: Is The Red Nose From the Corset or From the Liquor?
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11/22/2010

 
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Victoriana.com

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Web Link: A Woman's Life
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11/22/2010

 
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Victoria's Past

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Sub Section: As A Socialite
The women of society would take their social obligations seriously attending weddings, balls, dinners and private receptions, as well as making the necessary calls on friends and relatives. Among these women , there were a few that were socially ambitious, such as the famous Mrs. Astor, who was indeed the social arbitrator of the Gilded Age.  Her annual Astor Ball was the pivotal highlight of New York social life.
 
 
Web Link: Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921)
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11/22/2010

 
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Wikipedia.org

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Web Link: Bertha Honore Palmer  Socialite
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11/22/2010

 
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BuySarasota.com

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Web Link: Isabella Stewart Gardner  Socialite & Art Collector
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11/22/2010

 
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Web Link: Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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11/22/2010

 
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Essortment.com

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Web Link: Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor  Socialite
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11/22/2010

 
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Wikipedia.com

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Web Link: Julia Gardiner Tyler-Society Lady
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11/22/2010

 
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Wikipedia.com

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Web Link: Alva Ertskin Smith Vanderbilt Belmont
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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xroads.virginia.edu

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Web Link: Edith Wharton
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11/22/2010

 
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Geocities.com

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Web Link: Theresa Fair Oelrichs
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11/22/2010

 
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xroads.virginia.edu

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Web Link: Mary Ann (Mamie) Fish Socialite
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11/22/2010

 
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xroads.virginia.edu

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Sub Section: Goodness Gracious, What's all The Fuss? Weddings My Dear!
After the mothers are satisfied that their daughters are marrying into money or lineage, usually trading one for the other, they compete by displaying their wealth through lavish spending on decorations, entertainment, and by sending out at least 1000
invitations to society's elite. In addition to their satisfaction at having made good matches for their children, they will enjoy the costly wedding gifts of silver and silk that will be sure to follow. The wedding gown will be the latest fashion from Paris, all white satin and lace flounces with a tulle veil--and an orange blossom bouquet. The wedding would not be complete without the near mandatory European honeymoon. Only the best for this reach of society's well-clad arm.
 
 
Article Name: December Weddings 1889
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Late January Weddings 1890
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Brides Of An April Day 1890
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Article Name: Many Happy June Brides 1891
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Some November Brides 1891
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Some February Weddings 1893
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Sub Section: Society Woman's Lament: How Awful, I Have Absolutely Nothing To Wear!
For the women of Society "dressing for status, as an outward expression of wealth," is essential. Her choice of fashionable clothes, accessories and body adornment indicate that she has sufficient status in society to afford its maintenance of cleanliness and neatness. In their desire for group affiliation, these idle women spend their lives and fortunes, absorbed in the rigors of shopping for the latest fashions, whether in Paris or elsewhere. And where do you suppose are the men of society? Why working of course, to pay for their wives and daughter's extravagant fashionable behavior.
 
 
Article Name: Fashionable Shopping 
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Costly Thy Habit   
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Dressing For Driving 
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Incongruities of Dress
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A New Bicycle Skirt 1893
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Variety In Frocks 1905
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Gowns Seen At The Newport Casino 1901
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11/22/2010

 
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Web Link: 1700-1799 Bissonnette On Costume
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11/22/2010

 
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Web Link: 1800-1829 Bissonnette On Costume
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1840-1859 Bissonnette On Costume
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11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1860-1869 Bissonnette On Costume
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11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1870-1876 Bissonnette On Costume
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11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1877-1882 Bissonnette On Costume
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1883-1889 Bissonnette On Costume
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1890-1899 Bissonnette On Costume
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11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1900-1909 Bissonnette On Costume
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: 1910-1919 Bissonnette On Costume
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Kent State University Museum

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Web Link: Circa 1890's Iridescent Bronze Gown
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11/22/2010

 
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Victorian Elegance

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Web Link: 1894 Vintage Promenade Gown
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11/22/2010

 
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Victorian Elegance

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Web Link: Circa 1900 Silk Print Vintage Gown
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11/22/2010

 
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Victorian Elegance

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Web Link: 1903 Vintage Grey Etamine Afternoon Gown
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11/22/2010

 
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Victorian Elegance

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Web Link: Nineteenth Century Fashion
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11/22/2010

 
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Towne Victorian

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Web Link: Mid-Late Victorian Fashion 1860-1901
Date Posted:

11/22/2010

 
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Fashion Era.com

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Web Link: 1894/1896 Walking Suit
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11/22/2010

 
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State Historical Society of Wisconsin

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Web Link: Fashions of Long Ago
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11/22/2010

 
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Victorian Women

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Web Link: Hairstyles Of The Victorian Era
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11/22/2010

 
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Shooting Star History

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Web Link: Dressing The Victorian Woman
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11/22/2010

 
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Literary Liaisons

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Web Link: 1874 Bustled Dinner Gown
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11/22/2010

 
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State Historical Society of Wisconsin

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Sub Section: Gossip, Gossip, Gossip Over The Teacups: Society Scandals
Tea Time was an opportunity for the hostesses, to display their finest silverware and china serving tea to friends in the late afternoon. These "tea parties" quickly became a popular social event, where women could share conversation and the latest gossip, on the most recent news of the Society World. And what do you think was their most favorite subject? Scandals, of course.
 
 
Article Name: Crime In A High Place: A Buffalo Society Scandal  1878
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Washington Society Woman Leaves Husband To Go On Stage 1902
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Suicide of C.J. Vanderbilt: Shoots Himself In The Head
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Bogus Count Royal Von Helden Said To Have Four Wives
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Cora Urquhart Potter Wants A Fortune
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A Tiff In An Art Gallery: Mrs. Paran Stevens Sued 1887
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Mrs. Thaw and Thomas Asked To Leave 1908
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Wife and Children Barred Out of Hezekiah B. Smith's Will
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Subway Train Kills R.W. Criswell, Editor 1905
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Wealthy Young Man Shoots Himself 1884
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Find Mrs. Lorillard Jr. Dead In Bathroom: Coroner's Verdict, Suicide Part I
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Find Mrs. Lorillard Jr. Dead In Bathroom: Coroner's Verdict, Suicide Part II
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Article Name: Notes Put In Coffin With Mrs. Lorillard Jr.
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Article Name: Rhinelanders Flee Glare of Publicity 1924
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Rhinelander Sues To Annul Marriage: Race Deceit 1924
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Brooklyn Heights Society Leader, Miss Koop Kills Herself 1893
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: White Plains Excited: Flight of Society Leader 1886
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Elopement Of A Wealthy Young Lady of Rochester 1884
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A Shock To Wall Street 1885 Part I
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A Shock To Wall Street 1885 Part II
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Rich Mrs. Provost Married To A Negro 1897
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Scandal In High Life In Chicago 1860
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Society Girls In Tears: Malicious Attacks Upon Their Reputation 1887
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11/22/2010

 
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Web Link: Ladies Go A Stealing
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11/22/2010

 
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Illinois State University

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Web Link: The Sanford White Murder
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11/22/2010

 
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Crime Library

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Web Link: The Girl On The Swing: Evelyn Nesbitt
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11/22/2010

 
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Illinois State University

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Sub Section: Divorce? Tsk, Tsk: Oh Dear, What A Shame!
Divorce furnishes sufficient scandal to keep Society's tongues wagging. "Several ladies moving in fashionable society would establish residency in Newport, in order that under the easy-going divorce laws of Rhode Island, they might obtain divorces from their husbands."  Divorce suits are usually based on marital infidelity, drunkenness, extreme cruelty and failure to support ensure a consistent flow of gossip at the resort. Even the men enjoy the buzz about divorce cases manipulated through fraud and perjury. Given the rapidly rising rate of divorce among the Gilded Age set and the costs the husband usually incurred, no wonder the subject was one of the period's hottest conversation topics.
 
 
Article Name: Elliott F. Shepard Sued For Divorce 1902
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A Divorce For Mrs. Allen 1887
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Skeletons In Society: Two Cases At Newport 1885
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: The Wife Of A Prominent Physician Seeks A Divorce 1884
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: An Orange County Divorce Case: Infidelity 1878
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: A Wife Suing For A Divorce On The Ground of Ill-Treatment 1859
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: The Portland Divorce Suit 1871
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Mrs. E.R. Thomas Sues For Divorce
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Divorces In the World of Prominent Society People
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Article Name: Fraudulent Divorce: Mrs. Simmons's Hard Lot. 1880
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Article Name: Mrs. Simmons's Lawyer: His Trial, Fraudulent Divorce 1880
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Article Name: Fraudulent Divorce Annulled, Phelps vs Phelps 1884
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Article Name: Divorce Made Easy 1869
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Article Name: Effect of the Laws of 1907 Upon Divorce Procedure
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Article Name: Divorce Secrecy Left To The Court 1909
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Article Name: Divorce Lawyers
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Sub Section: Women of Wealth, Scorning To Be Idle, Take An  Interest in the Suffrage Movement and Artistic Pursuits
"The true American society woman does not think millions an excuse for idleness. Her European sister of wealth can content herself in luxurious sloth if she will, but this does not suffice the daughter of Uncle Sam. In the circles of great wealth are dozen women who are doing meritorious work with brush, pen, and chisel. And they are professionals in the fullest sense of the word. Many women of society were  also interested in the Suffrage Movement."
 
 
Article Name: Seeking The Right To Vote 1894
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Article Name: Society Women Want Votes 1894
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Article Name: Working For Woman Suffrage 1894
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Work of Society Women For Equal Suffrage
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11/22/2010

 
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Article Name: Why they Demand A Vote
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Article Name: Women Of Wealth, Scorning To Be Idle
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Article Name: Society Women Who Have Won Success In Art, Literature, and the Drama
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11/22/2010

 
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