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Author McClain, Molly, author

Title Ellen Browning Scripps : new money and American philanthropy / Molly McClain
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chronology; 1. A Lapsed Victorian; 2. The Evening News; 3. The Realm of Queen Calafia; 4. A Young Jewel; 5. A Cold Shower of Gold; 6. Down to the Sea; 7. Old Age, New Age; 8. A Feminist Speaks Out; 9. Sweet Virginia; 10. Educating Girls; 11. The Playground and Community House; 12. South Molton Villa; 13. The Sinews of War; 14. Still Roaring in the 1920s; 15. Educating Women; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Molly McClain tells the remarkable story of Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932), an American newspaperwoman, feminist, suffragist, abolitionist, and social reformer who used her fortune to support women's education, the labor movement, and public access to science, the arts, and education. Born in London, Scripps grew up in rural poverty on the Illinois prairie. She went from rags to riches, living out that cherished American story in which people pull themselves up by their bootstraps with audacity, hard work, and luck. She and her brother E.W. Scripps built America's largest chain of newspapers, linking Midwestern industrial cities with booming towns in the West. Less well known today than the papers started by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, Scripps newspapers transformed their owners into millionaires almost overnight. By the 1920s Scripps was worth an estimated $30 million, most of which she gave away. She established the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine after founding Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also provided major financial support to organizations worldwide that promised to advance democratic principles and public education. McClain brings to life an extraordinary woman who played a vital role in the history of women, California, and the American West
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932.
Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932.
Women journalists -- United States -- Biography
Women philanthropists -- United States -- Biography
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Women journalists.
Women philanthropists.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017017608
ISBN 9781496201126