The New Woman prompted a lot of satirical photos and cartoons by the male establishment who felt threatened by her growing popularity and power. This photo depicts the “masculinized” New Woman. Dressed in turn-of-the-century male garb (the straw hat and knickerbocker pants), she stands over her man with a cocky, stern look on her face, … Continue reading More Than Just a Gibson Girl: The New Woman
Although this cartoon refers specifically to only one of the reforms during the Progressive Era (women’s suffragism), it is visually a great example of what was going on with all reforms during this era. Photo Credit: Political cartoon about suffrage in the United States. Four women supporting suffrage on a steamroller crushing rocks "opposition". Illustration … Continue reading Gilded Age Backlash: The Progressive Era
Photo Credit: Woman with veil, dark Gothic fantasy image, uploaded December 24, 2014 by LoganArt: LoganArt/ Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Last week, the Sisters in Crime organization held a webinar for authors about author branding. The idea of “branding” is relatively new buzzword in business and marketing (when it comes to people rather than products, that is) but … Continue reading What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline
***This post is part of Made in 1938 Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Pop Culture Reverie blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “It’s still a life for a life, as far as I’m concerned.” (Warren William, Wives Under Suspicion) The year 1938 was an interesting one in America. The nation started … Continue reading A Life for a Life: Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
The idea behind the cartoon is, as I mention below, big business controlled the government during the Gilded Age. In this cartoon, big business is represented by “the robber barons”, the name given to railroad company tycoons (and the businesses that made them possible, such as the steel business), pictured as bloated bags of money, … Continue reading Not Worth a Cent: Glitz and Excess in The Gilded Age
Photo Credit: OpenClipartVectors/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Welcome to the Dream Book Blog’s first post of 2019! I’m not ashamed to say I’m a feminist. I became a feminist in college when I began studying literature and women’s fiction. I came from a very patriarchal house (read: chauvinist) where my parents supported the idea that the men ruled … Continue reading A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century
Photo Credit: Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen, Peder Severin Kroyer, 1888, oil on canvas, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden: Thuresson/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD old 100) First off, here’s wishing everyone a happy New Year!!! I know that 2018 was a tough year for me and I think it was a tough year for … Continue reading Happy New Year!!! (Plus 2019 Blog Updates)
Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I see it as a celebration of the holiday spirit, whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday or don’t celebrate at all (and that’s OK too!). Wishing all of you and yours a happy, safe, and peaceful holiday season. Photo Credit: Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen … Continue reading Happy Holidays!!!
Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”
No blog post this week. Instead, here’s my Thanksgiving wish to all of you (whether you’re in the States or abroad). May your holiday be joyous, peaceful, and full of grace!!! And if you’re curious about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Gilded Age, check out this blog post. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!