The Diary Of Mary Elizabeth Auman, Seagrove, North Carolina, 1928-1930: Proto-Feminist In The Age Of Jazz

The Diary Of Mary Elizabeth Auman, Seagrove, North Carolina, 1928-1930: Proto-Feminist In The Age Of Jazz

The Diary of Mary Elizabeth Auman, Seagrove, North Carolina, 1928-1930: Proto-Feminist in the Age of Jazz

Mary Elizabeth Auman was a teenager living in the rural south during the waning years of the Jazz Age when electricity, the radio, talking movies, and the 1928 Presidential election were the talk of her community. After rescuing her diary from being discarded by his father in the late 1950s, her nephew, William Auman, held on to the written memories for years until recently when, as a tribute to her memory, he decided to share both Mary's insight into the social and academic life she experienced as well as his own historical clarifications. Through her journal entries, Mary presents a portrait of life in a rural southern village, describing many trips with friends to parties, movies, and fairs. While providing vivid accounts of life in the dormitories at coed Elon College and social activities at parties, ball games, and other collegiate events, she also details how she and her classmates rebelled against the taboos of dating, dancing, and smoking-often finding themselves on probation or suspended from school as punishment. The Diary of Mary Elizabeth Auman, Seagrove, North Carolina, 1928-1930 Provides a fascinating glimpse into...

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