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A bunch in their personal is the interesting tale of the 1st generations of ladies who went to varsity to profit to be writers after which introduced their careers writing poetry and prose. This remarkable staff integrated Elizabeth Bishop, Ruby Black, Pearl dollar, Emma Bugbee, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, Mildred Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker.

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And that change, many women asserted, had to begin with education in the liberal arts and especially in writing—with professional training for a career. When Margaret Fuller took over the editorship of the Dial in 1840, she bemoaned her own poor education and the resultant gap between her speaking and writing abilities: “I have served a long apprenticeship to the one, none to the other” (Capper 339). While teaching at the Greene Street School in Providence and conducting conversation groups for adults, she urged her students to learn persuasive rhetorical devices and practice their writing, to pursue every possible adult education opportunity, and to fight for college admission (Kolodny).

Although the numbers were quite small, these schools enrolled some African American as well as white women. From 1865 to 1895, seventyfive black students graduated from Oberlin College, a fourth of whom were women. Journalist and women’s rights activist Mary Church Terrell graduated there in 1884, followed by Effie Lee Newsome, Octavia Beatrice Wynbush, and other writers. During those thirty years, another 119 black students graduated from all other Northern colleges, often in isolation from other students and the campus life.

With its large audience of women who sought moral instruction and entertainment, Godey’s easily outdistanced most of the magazines for men: in 1860 B E F O R E 1 8 8 0 , T H R O U G H E X C U S E S O N LY 13 it claimed 150,000 subscribers to Harper’s 110,000 (Mott, A History of American Magazines 11). Its competitors, like Patterson’s and Graham’s, also enjoyed a wide readership. After the Civil War, magazines for African American women also combined short fiction with household advice: Our Women and Children began publication in Louisville in 1888 with support from local Baptist preachers to offer instructive stories and articles on education, temperance, and the home; Ringwood’s Afro-American Journal of Fashion, published in Cleveland beginning in 1892, included love stories along with fashion advice (Bullock 167–69).

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