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An Army Of Women

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Looking at both the private and public lives of women and men in rural and urban Kansas, Michael Lewis Goldberg offers sweeping evidence of the role gender played in influencing Gilded Age politics. In An Army of Women, he analyzes how political activists in the Populist Party and the Woman Movement sought to create a role for women while retaining the support of men. When these activists employed the often slippery symbols of masculinity and femininity, they found that gendered meanings often changed with the ...

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Overview

Looking at both the private and public lives of women and men in rural and urban Kansas, Michael Lewis Goldberg offers sweeping evidence of the role gender played in influencing Gilded Age politics. In An Army of Women, he analyzes how political activists in the Populist Party and the Woman Movement sought to create a role for women while retaining the support of men. When these activists employed the often slippery symbols of masculinity and femininity, they found that gendered meanings often changed with the shifting political context. Their ideas and assumptions about gender helped determine their ideologies, strategies, the fate of their movements, and their impact on American politics. Goldberg's broad scope and use of both traditional and unusual sources—including folkways, poems, songs, and novels—allow readers to understand the movements both as part of a national framework and within the context of the state and local cultures that were their primary concern.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Montana: The Magazine of Western History
Well-written and fascinating... successful demonstration of the power of gender analysis to bring fresh and creative insights to the study of political culture.

— Nancy G. Garner

American Historical Review - Ellen Carol DuBois
Goldberg succeeds in demonstrating the tremendous importance of the story of women's political activism and suffrage efforts in Kansas and explores this material in a way that reveals its considerable complexity... He establishes that the story of Kansas is a crucial element in the history of Gilded Age women's political activism.
Georgia Historical Quarterly - William F. Holmes
The ablest account to date of Kansas's most famous female Populists... Goldberg has written an important book. More than anyone else to date, he has advanced understanding of the role that gender played in Gilded Age politics and in Populism.
Montana: The Magazine of Western History - Nancy G. Garner
Well-written and fascinating... successful demonstration of the power of gender analysis to bring fresh and creative insights to the study of political culture.
Kansas History
Goldberg breaks new ground discussing how shifting definitions of womanhood and manhood divided the leading families of Kansas towns from the farm families who surrounded them... An engaging narrative about major conflicts in Kansas—and national—history.
Kansas History

Goldberg breaks new ground discussing how shifting definitions of womanhood and manhood divided the leading families of Kansas towns from the farm families who surrounded them... An engaging narrative about major conflicts in Kansas -- and national -- history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801863622
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 7/20/2000
  • Series: Reconfiguring American Political History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lewis Goldberg is an associate professor of American Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program at the University of Washington, Bothell. His work includes Breaking New Ground: American Women, 1800-1848, and No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States (coauthor).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Gender, Politics, and Power 1
1 Myths and Realities: The Cultural Origins of Kansas Politics 9
2 "At Home among You": The Rise of the Kansas Woman Movement 57
3 The Woman Movement Triumphant 86
4 Like a Family: Building the Alliance Community 127
5 "For Betsy and Babies": From Farmers' Alliance to Populist Party 161
6 The Matrix of Reform 184
7 "An Army of Women" 218
Conclusion: The Boundaries of Culture 260
Notes 265
Note on Historiography and Sources 299
Index 303
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