Belletrist & Kramers Presents: Patricia Miller, author of 'Bringing Down the Colonel' w/ Special Guest Moderator: Karah Preiss, Co-Founder of BelletristThis is a free event. There will be a standby line for waitlist tickets 15 minutes prior to showtime. Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them. Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.This months book & bookstore is BRINGING DOWN THE COLONEL by Patricia Miller and Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe!In Bringing Down the Colonel, the journalist Patricia Miller tells the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century womens rights crusader. After an affair with a prominent politician left her ruined, Pollard brought the manand the hypocrisy of Americas control of womens sexualityto trial. And, surprisingly, she won.Pollard and the married Colonel Breckinridge began their decade-long affair when she was just a teenager. After the death of his wife, Breckinridge asked for Pollards handand then broke off the engagement to marry another woman. But Pollard struck back, suing Breckinridge for breach of promise in a shockingly public trial. With premarital sex considered irredeemably ruinous for a woman, Pollard was asserting the unthinkable: that the sexual morality of men and women should be judged equally.Nearly 125 years after the Breckinridge-Pollard scandal, America is still obsessed with womens sexual morality. And in the age of Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, weve witnessed fraught public reckonings with a type of sexual exploitation unnervingly similar to that experienced by Pollard. Using newspaper articles, personal journals, previously unpublished autobiographies, and letters, Bringing Down the Colonel tells the story of one of the earliest women to publicly fight back.AUTHOR BIO:Patricia Miller is a journalist and an editor who has written extensively about the intersection of politics, sex, and religion. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, The Huffington Post, RH Reality Check, and Ms. magazine. She is a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches, where she writes about the politics of sexuality and the Catholic Church. She was formerly the editor of Conscience magazine and the editor in chief of National Journals daily health-care briefings, including the Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report and American Healthline. She has a masters in journalism from New York University and is based in Washington, D.C.Patricia is the author of Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church and Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington.Use code BELLE20 for 20% off purchases on our website, in-store & café.
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