essay .................... Canning Tomatoes, Growing "Better and More Perfect Women" The Girls' Tomato Club Movement by Elizabeth Engelhardt Tomato Club. Tomato Club. See how we can. See how we can. Give us tomatoes and a good sharp knife-- This is the place to get a good wife. Did ever you see such girls in your life-- As the Tomato Club? --Tomato Club Song, c. 1914 1 By 1910, Marie Samuella Cromer had successfully organized a tomato club exclusively for girls to teach them "to grow better and more perfect tomatoes" and "how to grow better and more perfect women." Over the years, the tomato club moved under the auspices of 4-H. Here, a young 4-H member demonstrates canning, c. 1940, courtesy of the University Archives Photograph Collection, 4-H Youth Development Photographs, UA023.008.100 Item 0014720, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries. n 1909, Marie Samuella Cromer, a young rural schoolteacher in the western South Carolina town of Aiken, heard a speech about Seaman A. Knapp's boys' corn clubs that were transforming southern crop yields. Knapp, a scholar originally from the Midwest but working in Texas and the larger South, created the blueprint for the turn-of-the-century U.S.
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 12, 2009
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