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Rochelle Johnson
College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID 83605-4432)

The Legacy of American Environmentalist Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894)

I seek a fellowship to fund completion of six sections of a biography of Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), a woman who made extraordinary contributions to nineteenth-century America. Now known merely as the daughter and literary executor of James Fenimore Cooper and the author of the increasingly significant Rural Hours (1850), in her own day Cooper was widely celebrated as a gifted author of fiction, essays, and history; a noted naturalist (by Thoreau and Darwin, among others); and an unstinting philanthropist. She labored tirelessly to provide a legacy that challenged that of her ancestors by centering on social justice, Native American rights, and environmental preservation. Based on materials gathered in the last dozen years from the Cooper family collection and British and U.S. archives, my biography contributes to transatlantic landscape studies, studies in domesticity, and Native American history, while uncovering the severe challenges Cooper faced amid her remarkable success.

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Project fields:
American Literature; American Studies; U.S. History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016