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Mary Edwards BryanHer Early Life and Works$
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Canter Brown Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061146

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061146.001.0001

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“A Shrinking Timidity”

“A Shrinking Timidity”

Georgia, 1850–1854

(p.69) 3 “A Shrinking Timidity”
Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

The focus of chapter 3 is Mary Edwards Bryan's early formal education at Fletcher Institute, Thomasville, Georgia, and her beginning writings for a local newspaper. The authors assess the influence of the Methodist Church upon antebellum southern schooling and of individual Methodist ministers and laymen in Mary's life, particularly examining the temperance movement and Mary’s growing attachment to that cause. The chapter considers Thomasville's local history and culture in relation to the wealthy Bryan family. The authors close on Mary's early romantic attachment to storekeeper Leon Bryan and her subsequent marriage at age 14 to Leon's younger brother Iredell E. W. Bryan.

Keywords:   Methodist Church, antebellum southern schooling, Fletcher Institute, Thomasville, Georgia, temperance movement, Leon Bryan, Iredell E. W. Bryan, early romance

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