Rebecca West - Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was widely considered to be among the important public intellectuals of the 20th century.
'I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.' ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982
If any one wants to better understand how educated Southerners (lawyers & such) manipulated poor southerners into a continual hatred of "Northern Aggression" and created the powerful mythos that Southerners need to cling to their racism/ separation from the federal government as part of their "proud heritage" I would recommend reading Rebecca West's "Opera in Greenville." It's a report on the murder of a black man by a lynch mob in 1947 in South Carolina, (cont. in comments)
Rebecca West (Dec. 21, 1892 - 1983, American, born British of Irish descent) writer, feminist, and a whole lot of brains and guts: “I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.”