In The Song of Mound City, Professor Beverly Boyd has written a fascinating acccount of the circumstances leading to her involvement with the apparently lost cause for canonization of the pioneer woman who became the fourth American saint (July 3, 1988), Rose Philippine Duchesne. The story of her own circumstances as an academic presents the reader with perhaps the clearest view yet of the uphill struggle women have faced in their quest for professional equality with men. Mother Duchesne, now Saint Philippine, endured similar hardships and frustrations bringing education for women from her native France to the American Midwest, stopped at every turn by the very administrators who had invited her to cross the Atlantic in 1818 with a small party of nuns presumably to teach the displaced Potawatomi in Indiana and pre-territorial Kansas. She fulfilled her life's desire under the harshest conditions, handicapped by lack of resources, uncooperative clergy, advancing age, and ill health. She was beatified in 1940, only to be forgotten. The indomitable efforts of Professor Boyd, a medievalist with expertise in hagiography (saint's lives), brought Philippine's cause to public attention and led to renewed interest by the Vatican. The reader may well note similarities in the personalities of the two main characters in this excellent narrative.
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Book Description Vantage Pr, New York, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 1st Edition. Jacket shows very light edge wear. Flat signed by the author at the top of the front free end paper. ; 187 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 1923