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- Author: Hazel Beck
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If you google my name—something I only do every other Tuesday because
ego surfing is an indulgence and I keep my indulgences on a strict schedule
—the first twenty hits are about the hanging of Sarah Emerson Wilde in
1692 in Salem, Massachusetts.
Only after all those witch hits—three pages in—will you get to me,
Emerson Wilde. Not a tragically executed woman accused of witchcraft by
overwrought zealots, but a bookstore owner and chamber of commerce
president. The youngest chamber of commerce president in the history of
St. Cyprian, Missouri, not that I like to brag.
Men are applauded for embellishing the truth while women are seen as
very confident for telling the truth—and very confident is never a
If you slog past all the Crucible references and sad YouTube videos from
disaffected teens with too much eye makeup, you might read about how my
committed rejuvenation efforts have brought ten new businesses to St.
Cyprian in the past five years. You might read about our Christmas Around
the World Festival which, thanks to my hard work and total commitment,
brings people from—you guessed it—all around the world. You could read
any number of articles about what I’ve done to help St. Cyprian, because
it’s not a good day unless I’ve done something to support the town I love
And I pride myself on making every day a good day.
Even if most people read about Sarah and the witch trials and stop there,
I know the truth about her. I learned all about my notorious ancestor while
researching a presentation for my fourth-grade class.
My peers might have preferred Skip Simon’s bold and unlikely claims
that he was a direct descendent of the outlaw Jesse James, but learning
about Sarah changed my life. The reality of Sarah Emerson Wilde is that
she was a fierce feminist who wanted to play by her own rules.
nonconformist who wasn’t interested in playing the perfect Puritan, and
therefore a direct threat to the Powers That Be. Following her own rules,
ignoring theirs, and trumpeting her independence got her killed.
Sarah wasn’t only a tragic figure. She was also a fierce martyr who
would have hated being called either.
In retrospect, it was maybe too much for Miss Timpkin’s fourth-grade
But ever since then I’ve considered Sarah my guiding light. I’m proud to
have such an exceptional, indomitable woman in my family tree. My greatgrandmother times nine, to be precise. I’ve always felt that I owe it to
myself, the Wilde name, and Sarah to be a strong, independent woman who
doesn’t let the patriarchy or anything else get her down for long.
“And I don’t,” I announce brightly to the quiet of the early-morning
kitchen of my family’s historic house.
It’s a Tuesday in March and I have plans. I always have plans. It’s what I
do, but these are particularly epic, even for me. I might have been born too
late to speak feminist truth to Puritan patriarchal power, but I have my own
I am here to make St. Cyprian a better place.
You can’t fix the world until you sort out your own backyard. I intend to
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