“I intend to write a book in which I shall
give a full account of my adventures whilst
I adoped male attire.”
—Lucy Lobdell writing in 1855
One day in 1855, Lucy Lobdell cut her hair, and put on britches. She did it to earn men’s wages, but the changes went far beyond anything she had imagined. Rebellion is the account of Lucy’s extraordinary foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. It is her promised memoir, as heard and recorded a century later by William Klaber, an upstream neighbor.