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Lives of Women

Pulling against the traditions of domestic life was the sense of urgency, movement and progress so evident in the geographical, industrial, technological and political changes affecting the country. The roles of women were meant to steady all this uncertainty, but women could not help but see opportunities for themselves in this growth.

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  • Politics of the 1870s and 1880s

    At no other time was the citizen’s interest in elections and politics more avid than during the later period of the 19th century. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the eligible voters consistently voted in local and national elections.

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