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Corn Palaces and Butter QueensA History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture$
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Pamela H. Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

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Mrs. Brooks and President Roosevelt

Mrs. Brooks and President Roosevelt

(p.139) 6 Mrs. Brooks and President Roosevelt
Corn Palaces and Butter Queens

Pamela H. Simpson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the role of gender as it is embodied in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century butter sculpture. Caroline Brooks used butter as a means to circumvent nineteenth-century restrictions on women’s career mobility. Brooks emerges as a feminist role model who helped inspire other women to pursue their dreams, even while appeasing period gender expectations. On the other hand, four butter portraits of Theodore Roosevelt offer an opportunity to examine ideas about the nature of masculinity. The chapter discusses that the butter portraits illustrate the high points of Roosevelt’s career and also suggests a political and gendered context for both the period and the art.

Keywords:   gender, butter sculpture, Caroline Brooks, female career mobility, feminist, gender expectations, butter portraits, Theodore Roosevelt, masculinity

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