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San Francisco's Pioneer Mother Monument: maternalism, racial order, and the politics of memorialization, 1907–1915.
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PMID:  22826896     Owner:  HMD     Status:  In-Process    
The 1907–1915 campaign to create San Francisco's Pioneer Mother Monument provides both a case study of conservative uses of maternalism and a window into the political mutability of maternalist rhetoric. Ella Sterling Mighels, a pioneer descendant, utilized the monument campaign to promote white women's moral influence over middle-class men, to argue against Asian immigration and labor unrest, and to inculcate old-fashioned moral values among urban children. Although some of Mighels's contemporaries cited pioneer mothers as proof of women's fitness for suffrage, Mighels herself used the pioneer mother to argue against suffrage. The final statue, created by the sculptor Charles Grafly, failed to encapsulate Mighels's multivalent political message and to express her ideals about gender, race, class, and morality.
Brenda D Frink
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American quarterly     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0003-0678     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Q     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100966576     Medline TA:  Am Q     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  85-113     Citation Subset:  Q    
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