The Resource Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor, by Sandra Haarsager

Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor, by Sandra Haarsager

Label
Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor
Title
Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor
Statement of responsibility
by Sandra Haarsager
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1926, Bertha Knight Landes made history as the first woman elected mayor of a major U.S. city. This biography of Mayor Landes of Seattle by Sandra Haarsager reveals an intelligent, pragmatic woman who used urban reform to order city priorities, making the business of government not just business but the welfare of its citizens. Landes and her husband were Seattle pioneers, moving there in 1895. Through participation in women's clubs she honed her leadership skills and began to advance the causes of both urban reform and feminism, although she called herself neither a reformer nor a feminist. Landes's first public office was a seat on the Seattle City Council. Her vision of the city as "a larger home" contrasted with the prevailing emphasis on businesslike efficiency but reflected an effective, results-oriented strategy. On the council, Landes promoted city planning and zoning, the licensing and regulation of dance halls and clubs, and improved public health and safety programs. Relying on a campaign team of politically inexperienced women, Landes was elected mayor by the largest margin Seattle had seen in a mayoral vote. To her existing agenda for the city she added forward-looking environmental goals, police training, and social concerns such as hospitals and recreation programs. The press treated Landes as a novelty and found it necessary to reassure the community that she was no New Woman. Aware of her role as an example of what women could achieve in public office, Landes insisted on doing whatever was expected of a mayor, including opening baseball games and hiking to dam sites. In her bid for reelection she was defeated by a secretly financed, mean-spirited political unknown who ran a negative campaign attacking Landes on the basis of gender and class. Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault and Victor Turner, the conclusion explores issues of power, social change, and women in politics, connecting Landes's experiences to the much-touted 1992 Year of the Woman
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Haarsager, Sandra
Dewey number
  • 979.7/77204/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F899.S453
LC item number
L364 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Landes, Bertha Knight
  • Landes, Bertha Knight
  • Mayors
  • Women mayors
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Mayors
  • Politics and government
  • Women mayors
  • Washington (State)
Label
Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor, by Sandra Haarsager
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=15688
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-323) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 334 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585170473
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44963843
  • (OCoLC)ocm44963843
Label
Bertha Knight Landes of Seattle, big-city mayor, by Sandra Haarsager
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=15688
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-323) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 334 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585170473
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44963843
  • (OCoLC)ocm44963843

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