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MRS. FORMAN SHOT THE ALLIGATOR: WOMEN AND THE MAKING OF SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA, 1890-1939

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2022
Abstract/Description:
This study argues that settler women-in the all-inclusive sense of the word rather than just white, middle-and-upper class women-were crucial in founding and stabilizing Southeastern Florida communities. Historians have focused almost exclusively on men in studying this area's development and settlement. Henry Flagler, the railroad and hotel tycoon, for example, is given much credit for his role in bringing settlers to Palm Beach and building a home there for himself. Small towns use similar narratives. The reality was that diverse populations of women were critical for Southeastern Florida's growth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study thus seeks to recover the diverse actions, narratives, organizations, and systems of early Southeastern Florida and the roles women played to create, stabilize, and later maintain these aspects. This study will also discuss how these women subverted-whether subtly or overtly-factors of gender, race, and class to build unique and diverse communities in Southeastern Florida.
Title: MRS. FORMAN SHOT THE ALLIGATOR: WOMEN AND THE MAKING OF SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA, 1890-1939.
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Name(s): Hidalgo, Isabel, author
Bennett, Evan , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of History
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2022
Date Issued: 2022
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 185 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study argues that settler women-in the all-inclusive sense of the word rather than just white, middle-and-upper class women-were crucial in founding and stabilizing Southeastern Florida communities. Historians have focused almost exclusively on men in studying this area's development and settlement. Henry Flagler, the railroad and hotel tycoon, for example, is given much credit for his role in bringing settlers to Palm Beach and building a home there for himself. Small towns use similar narratives. The reality was that diverse populations of women were critical for Southeastern Florida's growth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study thus seeks to recover the diverse actions, narratives, organizations, and systems of early Southeastern Florida and the roles women played to create, stabilize, and later maintain these aspects. This study will also discuss how these women subverted-whether subtly or overtly-factors of gender, race, and class to build unique and diverse communities in Southeastern Florida.
Identifier: FA00013975 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (MA)--Florida Atlantic University, 2022.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Women colonists
Southeastern Florida
Florida--History
Women's studies
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