Journalist Ellen Augusta Hill wrote an unusual newspaper column for two years in the 1880s- one that contains both her own extraordinary ideas and many of those of her rural readers. By tracing the journalist's effort and the response it helped to generate, a picture emerges of women who have received little attention in Florida history. Neither Hill nor her followers were native-born Floridians, or even Southerners. They were Yankee women who came from New York and, perhaps surprisingly, from both Ohio and Illinois. The topics covered by Hill and the dialogue engendered departed from earlier journalistic activities in Florida. They also vary from women of the period associated with social and political organizations such as the Southern Farmer's Alliance. Differences also appear when the content is matched to the lives of many rural women. What emerges is an early commitment to women's liberation.
Foster, Jr, John T.
"A Liberated Journalist and Yankee Women on the Florida Frontier,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 91:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol91/iss1/4