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REBECCA HARDING DAVIS AND LAW Alicia Mischa RenfroeMiddle Tennessee State University Throughout her career, Rebecca Harding Davis engaged contemporary legal issues and concepts. In “Life in the Iron-Mills,” a theft invites consideration of both…

REBECCA HARDING DAVIS AND MEDICINE Sharon M. Harris In 1848 when Rebecca Harding attended the Washington (PA) Female Seminary, she came under the notice of one of its most famous Trustees, the abolitionist and physician Dr. F. Julius Le Moyne.…

REBECCA HARDING DAVIS AND MEDIA Arielle ZibrakUniversity of Wyoming at Casper Davis was the most well-known member of a prominent media family. Her husband, Clarke, was a working journalist who, at different times, edited The Legal Intelligencer, The…

REBECCA HARDING DAVIS AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Robin CadwalladerSt. Francis University One of Rebecca Harding Davis’s earliest recollections (detailed in Bits of Gossip) is of her father telling his children the fantastic story of Monsieur Jean…

  "Asylums for the Insane" Within the current year, several cases have occurred which have directed the attention of thinking men to the mysterious places of confinement known as Asylums for the Insane. Prominent among these cases may be mentioned…

  "At Our Gates"   THE readers of The Independent have no doubt seen in the daily papers the story of a workingman named Sillars, an industrious, sober fellow, with a wife and child dependant on him, who, losing his position in the Cellonite works…

  "At the Races"   “John!” “I hear you, mother.” “John, I—I wish to speak seriously to you, my son.” “Very well. I’m listening.” Little Mrs. Thurlow stood up, to give her words more weight. They did not seem to mean any thing at…

  "The Blot on the Great Man’s Name" Now it is our friend—the country’s friend—Edward Everett Hale[1] who has robbed us of a popular belief: Daniel Webster[2]was not a drunkard! In the twenty-six years in which Mr. Hale “knew him…

To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDS[1]May 20, [1861], Wheeling, Virginia Mrs. Fields Although your letter requires no reply, forgive me if I acknowledge it. Words so courteous and womanly could not fail to meet the cordiallist of measures, even if their tenor were…

To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDSWheeling, Va.  June 18. [1861] Mrs. Fields- I have sketched a story,[1] which (as Mr. Fields is indifferent as to length) will extend through three no’s. The first part is finished.  Shall I send it on, or would Mr. Fields…
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