“A Woman Takes a Look at Politics”

Catherine Oglesby

in Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032474
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038728 | DOI:
“A Woman Takes a Look at Politics”

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This chapter discusses the rather contradictory stand of Corra Harris on issues of politics and the involvement of women in the public sphere. After a decade after women gained the right to vote and suffrage, Corra Harris wrote a reaction that implied her lukewarm attitude towards the involvement of women in the public sphere. Unlike several other southern women who challenged the constraints imposed upon women, Harris ridiculed the efforts if not the causes. Her aversion and avoidance of writing about politics had several reasons. Although she held strong political opinions, she claimed and regarded herself as a “simpleton in the art and practice of politics”. However, during the latter years of her life, she had the opportunity to write about politics. Her 1931 Saturday Evening Post article “A Woman Takes a Look at Politics” revealed her strong conviction in limited government.

Keywords: Corra Harris; women; politics; public sphere; political opinions; Saturday Evening Post; suffrage

Chapter.  11459 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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