After the Storm: Women, Public Policy, and Power

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

in Women, Culture, and Community

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195086881
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854578 | DOI:
After the Storm: Women, Public Policy, and Power

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This chapter discusses Galveston after the Hurricane of 1900 which was the worst natural disaster in the history of the North American continent. Historians of the Progressive Era recalled that out of the destruction citizens implemented structural reform and turned a formerly aldermanic governing body into a five-man city commission. Thus, city commission government was born. The Women's Health Protective Association's activities were considerable. As leaders in the first democratic Progressive Era women's organization, they brought all the organizing skills learned in their earlier institution-building days to a more open organization and to a larger forum. Their enthusiasm and energy inspired other progressive organizations for men and women. They learned practical politics. They participated in women's political culture though their organizing talents were limited to mere influence.

Keywords: Galveston; Hurricane of 1990; Progressive Era; city commission; Women's Health Protective Association; practical politics

Chapter.  22007 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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