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Rebecca Edwards
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0001)
The Life of Mary E. Lease, People's Advocate

This biography of Mary Lease (1850-1933), orator for the People’s Party in the 1890s, will be the first in-depth treatment of her life. An energetic participant in many American political movements, including those for temperance, labor rights, women’s suffrage, and international peace, Lease was hailed as one of the era's finest orators. The biography will trace connections and conflicts among various movements in which she participated. It will use Lease's speeches to explore the political issues that arose during her lifetime, as the United States became a modern industrial power, and also the ways in which Lease and her contemporaries defined and practiced democracy.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2006