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Coping with Gender Roles and Spirituality “An anomaly to myself as well as to others”

Linda O. McMurry

in To Keep the Waters Troubled

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139273
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139273.003.0004
Coping with Gender Roles and Spirituality “An anomaly to myself as well as to others”

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This chapter describes Ida B. Wells's emotional journey to womanhood. Moving into adulthood is often painful and difficult, and Wells was forced into that stage without the aid of her parents, who had provided her with a sheltered existence until their early deaths. The difficulties of this emotional transformation were heightened by the race and conventions of the age, which contradicted Well's temperament and talents. Wells found comfort in her faith, and her religion had a great impact on her as she was coming-of-age and seeking to define herself.

Keywords: conventions; womanhood; emotions; religion

Chapter.  11039 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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