Petticoat Rebel by Mary Stetson Clarke ; Illustrated by Robert Maclean
New York : The Viking Press, 1964. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 255 pages ; Illustrated ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket with minimal wear to jacket. Red cover board with small illustrations from front cover and title at spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
by MARY STETSON CLARKE Illustrated by Robert Maclean
Females in school! To most Gloucester men and women it was a scandalous notion, and would never have been put into practice if it hadn't been for the Revolution and the schoolmaster going off to fight. Then that stubborn young Candace Tybbot, taking his place, insisted on having girls in her classes.
To sixteen-year-old Candace—Dacie —it was a dream come true to be teaching girls and young women. She flung herself eagerly into her unexpected duties, striving for the town's approval of her most passionate ideal, the education of women. Her awareness of the un¬derstanding and support of young Rafe Sanders, now a British prisoner-of-war, gave her fresh courage daily.
Perhaps Dacie's proudest pupil was Drusilla, a freed slave. The tragic course of her life had been abruptly altered, in hardship and violence, and the story of this brave young woman and the other slaves rescued and freed by Dacie's father is one of the fascinating elements in a highly unusual novel.
Dacie's firm belief in education for women goes hand in hand with her family's staunch stand for liberty and the rights and dignity of every individual. The two themes are skillfully woven against the background of the American Revolution.
MARY STETSON CLARKE was born and raised in Massachu¬setts, "in a book-loving family" who encouraged her early efforts to write. After her graduation from Boston University, she spent four exciting years on The Christian Science Monitor. She lived in New York City after her marriage, and studied writing at Columbia University while continuing to write feature articles for the Monitor and other publications. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
Mrs. Clarke writes: "When a girl, I had spent many happy days at Wingaersheek Beach (formerly Coffin's Beach) in West Gloucester, and daydreamed of the Revolutionary farmers and slaves who had repulsed a British landing there. Delving into the history of that familiar territory took me down many fascinating avenues, and opened vistas into the past that I am still hoping to explore."
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