Godey’s Lady’s Book

History Imagined

440px-GodeysLadysBookCoverJune1867A few weeks ago, while doing research on when Thanksgiving was made a national holiday, I was surprised to find out the woman who spearheaded the campaign for a national day of celebration, Sarah Josepha Hale, was also the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. If that weren’t enough, she is also the author of the famous poem, Mary Had A Little Lamb. Prior to the Civil War, Godey’s was a wildly successful women’s magazine in the United States, with a circulation in excess of 150,000 and a readership of close to a million. It was printed in Philadelphia, but its reach was from coast to coast. Not only was the magazine full of hand-tinted fashion plates, for which it is still widely known, but it also included etiquette advice, house plans, short stories, poetry, book reviews, and other material geared toward informing women how to be “ladies.” It was a…

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Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; nevabrown-author@weebly.com . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net
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