With Or Without Your Blessing: Elizabeth Grimball and the Struggle of a Southern Teacher

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Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Sheila Phipps

Abstract: Driven by financial difficulties within the households of southern families during the Civil War, women entered the workforce on an economic basis, which unintentionally instigated a social transformation of traditional gender roles. For example, John and Meta Grimball’s eldest daughter Elizabeth entered into the public sphere as a teacher due to the family’s economic and personal losses. By doing so she defied her parents’ wishes, and independently took control of her financial wellbeing. She became an independent thinker who no longer needed the financial stability of her father. Elizabeth Grimball is an example of a shift toward young American women taking an independent stand in professions made possible by the Civil War. Instead of conceding to follow the strict moral code of a “Southern Belle,” Elizabeth forged her own path. Her courage to enter a male dominated workforce is commendable, and her struggle resonates with today’s society.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Marquie, M. (2015) Economic Analysis of Recovery in State with Higher Minimum Wages than National Law. Unpublished honors thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2015

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