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Words Roundtable: Clarina Howard Nichols

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Thursday, December 12, 2019, 06:00pm - 07:30pm

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The Roundtable Discussion Series

Meddling Mrs. Nichols: Early Brattleboro Editor, Abolitionist, and Feminist Clarina Howard Nichols

Mid-19th century Brattleboro resident Clarina Howard Nichols was no stranger to controversy. She was one of the first female newspaper editors in the nation, and as a lobbyist and public speaker she contributed to all three of the major reform movements of her time: temperance, abolition, and women’s rights. At the Brattleboro Words Project’s last Roundtable Discussion of 2019, Rolf Parker, Nancy Olson, and Dan DeWalt will discuss the life and times of Clarina Howard Nichols.

 This event is free and open to the public.

Explaining her fervor for justice to the readers of her Brattleboro newspaper, the Windham County Democrat, Clarina wrote in March of 1853, “And did you think that Mrs. Nichols ‘meddles with politics’ because she finds their details congenial with her tastes, or for any reason but that politics meddle with the happiness of home and its most sacred relations, with woman and all that is dearest to the affections and hopes of a true woman!” The strength of Clarina words, from her polemics to her poetry, was enough to move masses and sign reform oppressive laws of the time.


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