The woman--and her illicit affair--that rocked Victorian AmericaWhen Madeline Pollard was a teenager, she began an extended affair with the Kentucky Congressman William Breckinridge, one of the most influential men in America. Breckinridge was married, and he once declared women's chastity "the cornerstone of human society." He seduced Pollard, and when his wife died, he ask...
|Title||:||Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington Reviews
It is odd that Miller uses the spelling “Madeline” instead of “Madeleine,” the spelling Pollard used in documents signed by her own hand. It is a small point, but shouldn’t you spell the name of a historic person the way they themselves spelled their name?
The book is well written and it is a very important tale with a fascinating cast of characters. I know a great deal about the story. I have stood at Pollard's grave, have been in the mansion where she spent the last months of her life and even ...more
Enjoyed this book so much. It angered me in so many ways and I learned so much. It started a bit slow and mundane with all the information being thrown at you but once you get into it, it just sucks you in. It's so well researched and wrote out. I would recommend this book to everyone, must read!
Must have in book shelf .
This book is very well written and has extensive amounts of research in it. From the tragic tale of Maria Halpin to Madeline Pollard’s fight against a society filled with double standards, this book was captivating from start to finish. There are also lots of parallels to today’s society as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading!
BRINGING DOWN THE COLONEL is a nonfiction account of Madeline Pollard’s lawsuit against Colonel W.C.P. Breckinridge for abandonment (he had a shotgun marriage with another woman while engaged to Pollard) in 1893. Sadly, DC didn’t have seduction laws, which many other states had at the time. Pollard’s aim is to make Breckinridge have his share of the blame, shame and consequences. This lively account explores a ten year affair that Pollard believed would end in marriage. Instead, it ends will thi ...more
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this, to be honest - I was excited to try it but I'm not the biggest fan of nonfiction, so my expectations weren't high. I enjoyed the tone and language a lot - it wasn't bogged down by long academic sounding sentences that I could barely understand, and there were even a few times that I laughed out loud at the authors sarcastic and ironic tone. I thought she painted a well rounded picture of the time and culture, and provided some other previous examples of ...more
Good insight into what it was like for women in those days.
What a story. The author did her research and provided a solid history on what Pollard was up against when she sued. At times the story wandered. It takes bravery to stand up. I stand on the shoulders of women who came before who stood up and said this is not okay.