Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey’s Lady’s Book


Colored fashion plate from Godey’s Lady’s Book, March, 1864. Inset: Portrait of Sarah Josepha Hale by James Reid Lambdin. Public domain

Godey’s Lady’s Book was the most popular magazine in the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century. Although it’s most well-known for its hand-tinted fashion plates, its content included poetry, fiction, household tips, music, and etiquette.

Tracy's Research:

  • Accessible Archives. “Godey’s Lady’s Book.” https://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/godeys-ladys-book/
  • Greenberg, Hope. “Sarah Josepha Hale.” University of Vermont. http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/godey/hale.html
  • Tomek, Beverly C. “Godey’s Lady’s Book.” Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/godeys-ladys-book/
  • Blakemore, Erin. “The Women’s Magazine That Tried to Stop the Civil War.” 6/11/2017. https://daily.jstor.org/the-womens-magazine-that-tried-to-stop-the-civil-war/
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  • New England Historical Society. “The Stealth Campaign To Bring the Christmas Tree Into American Homes.” http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/catherine-beecher-reluctant-plum-pudding-recipe/
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  • Taketani, Etsuko. “Postcolonial Liberia: Sarah Josepha Hale's Africa.” American Literary History, Vol. 14, No. 3, An "ALH" Forum: "Race and AntebellumLiterature" (Autumn, 2002). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3054581
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  • Pilditch, Jan. “Fashionable Female Studies: The Popular Dissemination of Science in Godey’s Lady’s Book.” Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol. 24, No. 1 (July 2005). https://www.jstor.org/stable/41416023
  • Martin, Lawrence. “The Genesis of Godey's Lady's Book.” The New England Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan., 1928). https://www.jstor.org/stable/359723
  • Okker, Patricia. "Godey's Lady's Book." American History Through Literature 1820-1870, edited by Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer, vol. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, pp. 472-475. Gale In Context: U.S. History, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3450700102/GPS?u=mlin_n_melpub&sid=GPS&xid=d8a68ea2. Accessed 7 Aug. 2019.
  • "Sarah Josepha Buell Hale." Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale In Context: U.S. History, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/BT2310012100/GPS?u=mlin_n_melpub&sid=GPS&xid=f9ad6462. Accessed 7 Aug. 2019.
  • Williams, Fannie Barrier. “The Colored Woman of Today: Some Notable Types (1897).” Godey’s Lady’s Book. July 1897. Via Accessible Archives. https://www.accessible-archives.com/2019/08/colored-woman-today-notable-types-1897/
  • Sherbrooke, Rogers. “Sarah Josepha Hale : a New England pioneer, 1788-1879.” Tompson & Rutter. 1985. Via archive.org. https://archive.org/details/sarahjosephahale00sher/

Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, U.S. history, biographies, women, literary history, magazines