To Be Young Was Very Heaven by Sandra E. Adickes
Women in New York Before the First World War

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In the years before World War I, New York City's Greenwich Village was a place of great artistic and political ferment. Political causes attracted throngs of supporters. Artistic movements filled cafes and restaurants with boisterous conversation. And for the first time, women began to seize power and shape the landscape of the time: Margaret Sanger began her crusade for birth control; Mabel Dodge hosted salons for the avant-garde; Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Workers Movement; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn helped to organize the Workers of the World. The list of women who played integral roles in American life and letters then is endless, and Sandra Adickes captures them all while evoking the now-lost paradise that New York offered to women at the turn of the century.

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Sandra E. Adickes is professor emeritus of English at Winona State University.
Published September 15, 1997 by Palgrave Macmillan. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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The years before WWI saw the rise of women's movements favoring the vote, feminism, birth control, organized labor, better working conditions and even so-called free love, spearheaded by a network of exuberant New York City activists, most based in Greenwich Village.

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