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Daughter of the Empire StateThe Life of Judge Jane Bolin$
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Jacqueline A. McLeod

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036576

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.001.0001

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Her Standing in Poughkeepsie

Her Standing in Poughkeepsie

Family Lineage and Legacy

(p.1) 1. Her Standing in Poughkeepsie
Daughter of the Empire State

Jacqueline A. McLeod

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the Bolins' lineage and legacy and Jane Bolin's place in it as a biracial child coming of age in early twentieth-century Poughkeepsie, New York. It examines her relationship with her siblings—Anna, Ivy, and Gaius Jr.—and with her father, who became the family's primary caregiver upon their mother's death. This very special relationship between father and youngest daughter was tested and strengthened as Jane Bolin ventured out into the world beyond Poughkeepsie for college and law school. Jane chose to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts over Vassar College; she could not have attended Vassar either way since the school's unofficial policies barred the admission of African American students.

Keywords:   Bolin family, Jane Bolin, Wellesley College, Vassar College, African American students

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