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Melba Porter Hay, former division manager of the Kentucky Historical Society, is coeditor of The Papers of Henry Clay, Roadside History: A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers, and Kentucky: Land of Tomorrow.
""Hay's Madeline McDowell Breckinridge deserves a spot on the bookshelves of scholars and aficionados of the history of women, Progressivism, and Kentucky."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" -- ""Well written and substantive, this biography revels a strong elite woman with a powerful public presence in privately struggling with poor health, child-lessness and physical disability." --The Journal of Southern History" -- ""This is a thoroughly researched and insightful biography that furthers our understanding of the critical role women played in Progressive reform in the southern states." --American HIstorical Review" -- ""The book is not only a highly appealing story, the details and documentation are exemplary." --Kentucky Kaleidoscope" -- ""History buffs will revel in the new biography's rich detail, marvel at Madge's pace and recognize many of the settings." --Lexington Herald Leader" -- ""This is a valuable study that should appeal to historians, biographers, and social activists not only for what it reveals about the life of this gifted woman, but also for what it adds to the growing understanding of reform efforts in the South in the early decades of the twentieth century." --Ohio Valley History" -- ""Hay brings to life a multi-dimensional woman, emblematic of her times, with whom readers can identify and sympathize." Melanie Beals Goan, author of Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia" -- ""Dr. Hay has made an important contribution to American history, one that is of special significance to Kentucky history, the Progressive Era, and the women's rights movement." --Paul Fuller, author of Laura Clay and the Women's Rights Movement" --