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1 Comment

  1. Maren McGimsey

    March 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Re: Madame C.J. Walker

    I would like to address two issues brought up in the podcast.
    First, you all were curious about her name change and I thought I would shed some light. In that time period, and up until fairly recently, married women were identified socially by their husband’s name. In fact, as a young girl, I was taught to address letters to older women in the same way. Please see this link from a 1920’s manual on how to write a proper letter, relevant portion in “The Superscription” portion, line 47.
    I have my grandmother’s cookbooks and several are ones that were put together for fundraising in the 1940’s. In most cases, the name of the person donating the recipe is given as “Mrs. Herbert Smith”, with no listing of her own name.
    I would say that Madame C. J. Walker went by her husband’s name as a matter of social convention and also to give her business an air of respectability and formality.

    Secondly, if you want to learn about hygiene practices pre-1950’s, look for women’s housekeeping books. These books were intended to be a sort of catchall for women and are absolutely fascinating. I collect them and they are a wealth of information on acceptable hair and physical care for women and children, including recipes for remedies, soaps, etc. Because so much of women’s history is not recorded by mainstream historians, these books can provide valuable insight into how women lived their daily lives.

    I enjoy your podcast and look forward to your Women’s History Month episodes.

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