By Jane Robinson
Robinson offers the eye-opening and encouraging tale of the 1st younger women who overcame the entire odds to get their schooling and attend collage. utilizing the phrases of the ladies themselves, 'Bluestockings' charts the struggle for and enlargement of upper schooling for girls from 1869 via to the Nineteen Thirties.
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As Bremer’s account demonstrates, Elizabeth Van Lew hardly needed outside inﬂuences and chance encounters to illustrate for her the nature of slavery. A lifelong resident of Richmond, Elizabeth would have routinely seen slaves doing backbreaking labor and being mistreated by whites. Rather than try to artiﬁcially pinpoint a moment at which Van Lew was “converted” to abolitionism, we need to grapple with the question of why the sights she saw moved her to feel empathy for slaves, when most of her fellow Richmond whites were immune to such feelings.
Elizabeth even had the privilege of embarking, chaperoned by Eliza, on a tour of Europe in 1855. 59 Their commitment to residing in Richmond reﬂected both a fealty to John Van Lew’s efforts to establish the family there and a deep responsibility that Elizabeth and her mother felt for their black dependents. To leave the 34 SOUTHERN LADY, YANKEE SPY South, Elizabeth seems to have believed, would be to abdicate that responsibility, and to lose the small measure of authority she had to ameliorate the conditions of individuals such as Cornelius Goodhall, Mary Jane Richards, and Judy Johnson.
Since Goodhall himself was a congregant at the First African Baptist Church, he may have heard about Elizabeth from one of the Van Lew slaves who attended services there. When exactly Goodhall became a free man is not clear. But we do know that he stayed in Richmond rather than heading North; Goodhall is listed in the 1870 census as a 36-year-old, Virginia-born African American residing in the Madison Ward of the city. ” Slaves were required to have passes from their masters whenever they moved about the city, and Anderson had been caught with a pass that was out of date.