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Relentless ReformerJosephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America$
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Robyn Muncy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691122731

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.001.0001

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Emergence as a Public Leader, 1912–1913

Emergence as a Public Leader, 1912–1913

(p.42) Chapter 3 Emergence as a Public Leader, 1912–1913
Relentless Reformer

Robyn Muncy

Princeton University Press

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1912 to 1913. The chance to serve as Denver's first policewoman drew Roche out of graduate school in 1912. She was thrilled to go back west. “I find a certain quality of life here that I hungered for in vain all the time I worked in New York,” she explained, “I think perhaps I can express it by saying I feel more master of myself here.” By “mastery” of herself, Roche did not refer to personal freedom, which New York offered in greater degree than Denver, but to something she craved even more than freedom. That something was power. Only months after taking the police position, Roche transformed it into a command post in the campaign against Denver's notorious political machine. As a policewoman, Roche emerged as a controversial public figure with a stomach for battle.

Keywords:   Josephine Roche, Denver, policewoman, political machine, biography, power

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