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BRINGING DOWN THE COLONEL A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington

by | Read by Christina Delaine

History • 13.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

Narrator Christina Delaine delivers this true story in a steady, engaged voice. In the late nineteenth century, society held fast to a double standard in sexual matters between women and men. Americans believed that God intended women to be the guardians of virtue; men were excused from corrupting that virtue. That idea began to change when Madeline Pollard won a breach-of-promise suit against a famous Kentucky congressman with whom she had had a relationship that left her a "ruined woman." Delaine presents the documentary evidence, such as letters and newspaper accounts, dispassionately and maintains an overall evenhanded presentation while still creating suspense when the verdict is delivered. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]

Trade Ed. • Macmillan Audio • 2018

DD ISBN 9781427294333 $26.99

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