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Tami | 1 comments Heroic Vignettes, Feminine Americans. Read about such inspiring women as:

(1760 - 1799)
Toypurina was of the Tongva Tribe
near what is now known as the Los Angeles
Basin area. As a young child she reveled in the
native ways of her tribe, the Kumi-Vit, who had
lived in the same area for hundreds of
generations and knew each rock and tree that
was in their midst. An exceptionally bright
child, she not only learned to dance, laugh,
grow food, harvest, and to weave, but it is also
said that she had supernatural powers.

Deborah Samson Gannett
(December 17, 1760 - April 29, 1827)
Deborah Samson was the first
American woman to be awarded a soldier’s
pension; a pension that was awarded to her for
having fought successfully in the American
Revolution. At the age of twenty-one, Deborah
Samson enlisted in the Continental Army as
Robert Shurtlieff. Just this one act of enlisting
in the Army in itself displays the courage of a
soldier, given that getting caught could land her
with a grievous penalty, socially and legally.
Cutting away her long, feminine locks of hair,
casting aside her hand-sewn dresses, binding
her breasts, and stepping into men’s clothing
was a very brave thing for a woman to do in an
era when that sort of behavior was considered
deranged at best; a woman dressing in men’s
clothing and being unchaperoned in the private
company of men was considered heinously
deplorable. Since 1982, though, Deborah
Samson has been honored as being the official
heroine of the state of Massachusetts for her
role in the American Revolution; a role for
which she disregarded nearly all sense of social
propriety in order to play.

Dorothea Lynde Dix
(April 4, 1802 - July 17, 1887)
Dorothea (Christened Dorothy) Lynde
Dix was born a pseudo-pauper, for although her
paternal grandparents were well-off, her father
and mother were rather underfunded. Dorothea
was born to Joseph and Mary Dix on a tract of
land owned by Joseph’s father, Elijah Dix, in
Hampden, Maine. Her father was known for his
fanatical flights of religious fervor equal only
to his propensity for drink. Dix’s mother
suffered from some sort of mental infirmity; the
general speculations favoring depression.
Whatever it was that ailed Dorothea’s mother,
Dorothea felt it was personal business and did
not share the details. It can be sure that the
mental infirmities of her mother made a grave
impression on the young girl.

Madam C.J. Walker
(December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919)
Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah
Breedlove, the fifth child of Owen and Minerva
Anderson Breedlove. She was the first freeborn
child of the Breedloves, who were raising
their six children in a small sharecroppers
shack on a cotton plantation in Delta,
Louisiana. When Sarah was seven years old,
her parents passed away and she moved with
her sister, Louvenia, to Vicksburg, Mississippi
where they continued to pick cotton and where
Sarah was eventually hired on as a domestic.

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune
(July 10, 1875 - May 18, 1955)
“Next to God we are indebted to women, first
for life itself, and then for making it worth
living.”---Mary Jane McLeod Bethune

In 1875 Mary Jane McLeod was born
near Mayesville South Carolina to former
slaves Samuel and Patsy McIntosh McLeod.
Mary Jane was the fifteenth of the seventeen
children that the McLeods would raise in their
diminutive three-room log cabin. The McLeods
lived near a cotton plantation, Mr. McLeod
farming cotton and Mrs. McLeod working for
her former owners up at the big house which
they referred to as “The homestead.” The whole
family was involved in the process of picking
cotton, Mary included.

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Allison Pattion | 4 comments Sweet Nectar

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