Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisanby Carol Lasser, Stacey Robertson
Pub. Date: 10/16/2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
How did diverse women in America understand, explain, and act upon their varied constraints, positions, responsibilities, and worldviews in changing American society between the end of the Revolution and the beginning of the Civil War? Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan answers the question by going beyond previous works in the field. The authors identify three phases in the changing relationship of women to civic and political activities. They first situate women as Odeferential domesticsO in a world of conservative gender expectations; then map out the development of an ideology that allowed women to leverage their familial responsibilities into participation as Ocompanionate co-workersO in movements of religion, reform, and social welfare; and finally trace the path of those who followed their causes into the world of politics as Opassionate partisans.O The book includes a selection of primary documents that encompasses both well-known works and previously unpublished texts from a variety of genres, making Antebellum Women a unique one-volume work that will introduce readers to the documentary record as well as to the vibrant body of historical work on gender in the early nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Section I: Antebellum Women
Phase 1: Deferential Domestics
Phase 2: Companionate Co-Laborers
Phase 3: Passionate Partisans
Section II: Primary Documents
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