The Pinks

The Pinks

The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies With the Pinkerton National Detective Agency

Book - 2017
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Most students of American law enforcement history know the story of the notorious and ruthless Pinkerton Detective Agency and the legends behind their role in establishing the Secret Service. But the true story of Kate Warne -- an operative of the Pinkerton Agency and the first woman detective in America -- and the other women who served their country as part of the storied crew of crime fighters are not well known. For the first time, the accounts of these intrepid women are collected here and richly illustrated throughout with numerous historical photographs. From Kate Warne’s convincing ability to assume various guises -- and her part in saving the life of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 -- to the bravery and self-sacrifice exhibited by the other female agents who broke out of the Cult of True Womanhood in pursuit of justice, these true stories add a fascinating dimension to our understanding of American history.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut :, Twodot,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781493008339
Characteristics: xiii, 169 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Operative Kate Warne
Operative Mrs. R.C. Potter
Operative Hattie Lewis Lawton
Operative Mrs. M. Barkley
Operative Barkley in Washington
Operative Ellen
Operatives Elizabeth Baker and Mary Touvestre
Operative Elizabeth Van Lew
Operative Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
Operatives L.L. Lucille and Miss Seaton.
Summary: Most students of American law enforcement history know the story of the notorious and ruthless Pinkerton Detective Agency and the legends behind their role in establishing the Secret Service. But the true story of Kate Warne -- an operative of the Pinkerton Agency and the first woman detective in America -- and the other women who served their country as part of the storied crew of crime fighters are not well known. For the first time, the accounts of these intrepid women are collected here and richly illustrated throughout with numerous historical photographs. From Kate Warne’s convincing ability to assume various guises -- and her part in saving the life of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 -- to the bravery and self-sacrifice exhibited by the other female agents who broke out of the Cult of True Womanhood in pursuit of justice, these true stories add a fascinating dimension to our understanding of American history.

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