By Alexander S. Leidholdt
An established columnist for the Raleigh information and Observer, Cornelia conflict Lewis earned a countrywide recognition within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties for her brave advocacy on behalf of women's rights, African american citizens, young ones, and hard work unions. overdue in her lifestyles, even if, after struggling with psychological sickness, Lewis reversed a lot of her stances and railed opposed to the liberalism she had spent her lifestyles advancing. In combating Nell, Alexander S. Leidholdt tells the compelling and finally tragic existence tale of this groundbreaking journalist opposed to the backdrop of the turbulent post-Reconstruction Jim Crow South and speculates concerning the explanation for her amazing transformation. The daughter of North Carolina's so much popular public future health reliable, Lewis grew up in Raleigh, yet her stories at Smith collage in Massachusetts, and later in France in the course of global battle I, led her to query the existing racial attitudes and gender roles of her local quarter. In 1920, Lewis all started her storied profession with the inside track and Observer. encouraged through H. L. Mencken's scathing feedback of the South, she quickly demonstrated herself because the region's major girl liberal journalist. Her column, "Incidentally," attacked the Ku Klux Klan, lobbied opposed to the exploitation of mill staff, defended strikers in the course of the infamous communist-organized Gastonia exertions violence, mocked spiritual fundamentalists who fought the instructing of evolution, and decried lynch legislations. A suffragist and a feminist who observed women's rights as inextricably associated with human rights, Lewis ran for country legislature in 1928 and used to be one of many first girls in North Carolina to be admitted to the bar. within the Nineteen Thirties, although, Lewis confronted repeated institutionalizations for a debilitating bout of psychological disease and sought therapy from Christian technological know-how practitioners, spiritualists, and psychotherapists. As she elderly, her perspectives grew more and more reactionary, and he or she insisted that she had served as a communist dupe through the Gastonia strike and trials, that communists had infiltrated the collage of North Carolina, and that a lot of her former innovative allies had ties to communism. ultimately, lots of her critiques thoroughly reversed, and within the wake of the 1954 Brown v. Board choice, she served as an influential spokesperson for the South's substantial resistance to public university desegregation. She endured to espouse those conservative ideals until eventually her loss of life in 1956. In his exact retelling of Lewis's attention-grabbing existence, Leidholdt chronicles the turbulent historical past of North Carolina from the Twenties throughout the Fifties, as industrialization and racial integration started to tear on the region's conservative textile. He vividly explains the history and ramifications of Lewis's many arguable stances and explores the prospective purposes for her ideological about-face. throughout the impressive tale of "Battling Nell," Leidholdt finds how the advanced problems with gender, exertions, and race intertwined to steer the convulsive occasions that formed the process early twentieth-century southern background.
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She could hardly have missed the statues of Union soldiers and sailors flanking the entrance to Main Street’s Memorial Hall, an immaculate example of General Grant architecture. A tiny handful of southerners attended Smith, which with nearly seventeen hundred students had grown to become the world’s largest woman’s college. She may have felt 19. Welsh, Reminiscences of Thirty Years in Baltimore, 106–7, 111–13, 150, 156–57. 20. NBL transcript, Goucher College; Knipp and Thomas, History of Goucher College, 430.
3 (November 1911): 79–80; N&O, 4 November 1923, 15 September 1935; Stoops, Heritage, 33, 201–2, 209. 49. “The Graduation Exercises and Address,” St. Mary’s Muse 16, no. 1 (June 1911): 11, 16–23. 50. “Graduation Exercises and Address,” 11–13. 51 As the St. Mary’s faculty and administration and Nell applauded their distinguished guest’s commencement address that May morning, however, neither these dignitaries nor she would have predicted that she would ever, despite her obvious potential, earn such lofty praise.
Mary’s Muse (Raleigh: St. Mary’s School, 1910), 23; Salley, Life at Saint Mary’s, 130. 45. “April 30—The Annual Debate,” St. Mary’s Muse 14, no. 8 (May 1910): 183–84; Salley, Life at Saint Mary’s, 131, 133; St. Mary’s Muse (1910), 78–79. ” N. B. Lewis led “with great success” the opening german in the fall of her senior year, the Muse announced. ’” Dances such as this one enabled the girls to practice social graces for affairs held at the University of North Carolina and other men’s schools. The St.
Battling Nell: The Life of Southern Journalist Corneila Battle Lewis, 1893–1956 (Southern Biography Series) by Alexander S. Leidholdt