Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington

Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington

The woman--and her illicit affair--that rocked Victorian America When Madeline Pollard was a teenager, she began an extended affair with the Kentucky Congressman William Breckinridge, one of the most influential men in America. Breckinridge was married, and he once declared women's chastity "the cornerstone of human society." He seduced Pollard, and when his wife died, he a The woman--and her illicit affair--that rocked Victorian America When Madeline Pollard was a teenager, she began a...

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Title:Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington
Author:Patricia Miller
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374252661
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington Reviews

  • Robin
    Jan 06, 2019
    A fascinating book about the trial that took down a colonel and also was the first chance for women in America to speak out about the double standards of a man "sinning" and a woman "being ruined". Much more intriguing is the epilogue where some women in the book come into their own an...
  • Carin
    Nov 06, 2018
    Colonel Breckinridge was a powerful Congressman from Kentucky, the scion of a long legacy of Breckinridges. Madeline Pollard was a teen from a respectable family whose father had died, leaving the family to ruin. She bounced from relative to relative, learning how to claw her way to so...
  • Beth
    Jan 04, 2019
    An excellent book...an incredibly interesting story, and Miller ties it to so much scholarship on gender relationships and women's roles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that I would strongly recommend this to teachers as an assigned reading for their classes. ...
  • David
    Aug 14, 2018
    There are more non-fiction narratives of bullying being published. Or so it seems to me. While reading this book, I also tore through an appalling account of present-day avarice-led bullying by lawyers and executives in Silicon Valley. This micro-history is a bullying story of the old-...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 23, 2018
    What a story. The author did her research and provided a solid history on what Pollard was up against when she sued. At times the story wandered. It takes bravery to stand up. I stand on the shoulders of women who came before who stood up and said this is not okay. ...
  • Sally
    Jan 02, 2019
    Over a century before the onset of #metoo, a previously unknown woman brought a breach of marriage suit against a powerful Washington politician. This was no small thing since she would be required to reveal her status as a ?fallen woman.? Nevertheless, she took him to court in 189...
  • Shannon A
    Aug 10, 2018
    Patricia Miller accomplishes here a very detailed, in-depth investigation of the nineteenth-century scandal that was brought to trial and changed how America looked at women?s sexuality. Madeline Pollard was considered ?ruined? by an affair with a high-ranking government official...
  • Magda
    Dec 05, 2018
    Fascinating and unfortunately still relevant ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Nov 06, 2018
    Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the ?Powerless? Woman Who Took On Washington A look at things in Victorian America for women. A Kentucky lawyer and politician makes promises he won?t keep and plays fast and loose with young women while his wife ...
  • Amy
    Nov 27, 2018
    Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington is just an okay read. I give it three stars. ...
  • Kimball
    Dec 09, 2018
    BRINGING DOWN THE COLONEL is a nonfiction account of Madeline Pollard?s lawsuit against Colonel W.C.P. Breckinridge for abandonment (he had a shotgun marriage with another woman while engaged to Pollard) in 1893. Sadly, DC didn?t have seduction laws, which many other states had a...
  • Brashen
    Jan 11, 2019
    VERY Interesting ... this book will plant ideas in your head that you'll think about as you go about your everyday life as a modern woman ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 04, 2019
    What a fascinating history, one involving feminism, politics, law, and the ever-present double-standard in American society. Miller does a great job introducing to readers a wide cast of characters in this complex story, providing the background for each individual and ensuring that th...
  • Caro
    Dec 24, 2018
    4.5 I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this, to be honest - I was excited to try it but I'm not the biggest fan of nonfiction, so my expectations weren't high. I enjoyed the tone and language a lot - it wasn't bogged down by long academic sounding sentences that I could barely underst...
  • Anita Ojeda
    Jul 29, 2018
    When Jennie Tucker heads to Washington D.C. with the promise of a lucrative position, she has no idea what her employer has in mind for her. A single woman nearing her thirties, Jennie comes from a good family that has a beautiful home, but no money to maintain it?or her. In Vict...
  • Barbara
    Jan 10, 2019
    Good insight into what it was like for women in those days. ...
  • Gemma
    Nov 26, 2018
    You want to read a book like this and think wow, things have changed so much in the past 100+ years. But no. It's almost depressing how familiar even the details of this story are! Could have been ripped from multiple modern headlines. Good read though. Well-researched and I liked how...
  • Marianne Evans
    Jan 09, 2019
    Mama always warned me to be careful of men; "they can ruin you." Ruined. A pregnancy is a surefire way to ruin a young girl's life. Filled with wonderful research and detailed stories of women's lives, I got tired of always leaving the main story to read in depth yet another women's en...
  • North Landesman
    Nov 23, 2018
    Deeply enjoyed this one. 1890s court case where a woman sues a Congressman for seducing her, promising to marry her, and then marrying another woman. Seems scandalous and fun? It is, but there is much more here. Sexual double-standards, women's rights, and even modern relevance with th...
  • Michael Kelley
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is an outstanding book especially now with the rise of the MeToo movement. The author touches upon numerous struggles that have been hidden in much of today's history. It is well worth reading if you are interested in the 19th Century and want to know more about the struggle for e...
  • Tena
    Dec 30, 2018
    I won an ARC edition in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...
  • Molly Niemi
    Jan 04, 2019
    ?The real combatants, though, were two worldview about women and sex. One was the hierarchical, predatory southern ethic, which held that any woman who wasn?t protected by her father and domestic isolation was fair game and became part of a debauched class necessary to protect the ...
  • Donna
    Dec 01, 2018
    Loved it!!! A truly fascinating book. The author did an amazing job pulling together so many interesting pieces of history about women?s issues and public perception of sex outside of marriage. It was incredible how she tied it all together as backdrop and input to the story of Madel...
  • Sue Gross
    Dec 31, 2018
    the ' me too' movement in the 1800s- who`'d have thought of it? but it really happened, and she won! the ' me too' movement in the 1800s- who`'d have thought of it? but it really happened, and she won! ...more ...
  • Tiffany
    Dec 28, 2018
    Enjoyed this book so much. It angered me in so many ways and I learned so much. It started a bit slow and mundane with all the information being thrown at you but once you get into it, it just sucks you in. It's so well researched and wrote out. I would recommend this book to everyone,...
  • Anne Morgan
    Dec 02, 2018
    In the era of the Me Too movement, women are looking towards history and politics and wondering: are we the first to stand up? We know women fought for the right to work, the right to vote, and we earnestly want to know not only what those women went through, but why. Why did society a...
  • BELLETRIST
    Dec 10, 2018
    A must-read for any one who cares or is interested in women's history. ...
  • Morgan Moone
    Dec 14, 2018
    A slow burn but a great depiction of a monumental moment in Women?s history ...
  • Ian
    Dec 06, 2018
    This book is very well written and has extensive amounts of research in it. From the tragic tale of Maria Halpin to Madeline Pollard?s fight against a society filled with double standards, this book was captivating from start to finish. There are also lots of parallels to today?s s...
  • Scott DeWolfe
    Dec 20, 2018
    It is odd that Miller uses the spelling ?Madeline? instead of ?Madeleine,? the spelling Pollard used in documents signed by her own hand. It is a small point, but shouldn?t you spell the name of a historic person the way they themselves spelled their name? The book is well...