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Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

Melba Porter Hay


Preeminent Kentucky reformer and women's rights advocate Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (1872–1920) was at the forefront of social change during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Breckinridge had a remarkably varied activist career that included roles in the promotion of public health, education, women's rights, and charity. Founder of the Lexington Civic League and Associated Charities, she successfully lobbied to create parks and playgrounds and to establish a juvenile court system in Kentucky. Breckinridge also became president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, serv ... More

Keywords: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, public health, women's rights, Lexington, Equal Rights, Desha Breckinridge, Lexington Herald, tuberculosis, amputation, woman suffrage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125329
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melba Porter Hay, author