Our newest issue, Volume 67, Number 2, explores the life of Rebecca Fields: a rare woman business owner, who in 1871 took over the publication of the Montgomery County Sentinel, a newspaper started by her husband, and ran that business for almost 60 years after her his death. She was a complicated and unconventional woman whose true thoughts, opinions, attitudes, and politics are simultaneously known and unknowable, hidden in the white space between lines of type and glimpsed in the thinnest threads of her descendants’ memories. Author Sarah Hedlund uncovers the life and career of one of Montgomery County’s most overlooked historical figures, in search of the woman behind the press.

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