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Alice Fahs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834961

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869031_fahs

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Adventure

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(p.162) Chapter Five Adventure
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Alice Fahs

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869031_fahs.8

This chapter describes a headline running across an entire two-page spread of the New York Sunday World on March 8, 1896, which read “Daring Deeds by the Sunday World's Intrepid Woman Reporters”; immediately underneath was the story “Nellie Bly Proposes to Fight for Cuba.” In a splashy illustration accompanying the article, Bly, who was described as a “Fin de Siecle Joan of Arc,” wore a costume reminiscent of a theatrical production of the “Daughter of the Regiment,” with epaulettes on her shoulders, a stylish helmet with a feather, and a sword brandished in the air. Bly reportedly had said that “Women Have More Courage Than Men and Would Make Braver Officers”; she was “ready to recruit volunteers for her first regiment” of women.

Keywords:   two-page spread, woman reporters, Nellie Bly, Cuba, Joan of Arc

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