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Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics / Edition 1
     

Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics / Edition 1

by Michael D. Pierson
 

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ISBN-10: 0807854557

ISBN-13: 9780807854556

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

By exploring the intersection of gender and politics in the antebellum North, Michael Pierson examines how antislavery political parties capitalized on the emerging family practices and ideologies that accompanied the market revolution.

From the birth of the Liberty party in 1840 through the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln in 1860, antislavery parties

Overview

By exploring the intersection of gender and politics in the antebellum North, Michael Pierson examines how antislavery political parties capitalized on the emerging family practices and ideologies that accompanied the market revolution.

From the birth of the Liberty party in 1840 through the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln in 1860, antislavery parties celebrated the social practices of modernizing northern families. In an era of social transformations, they attacked their Democratic foes as defenders of an older, less egalitarian patriarchal world. In ways rarely before seen in American politics, Pierson says, antebellum voters could choose between parties that articulated different visions of proper family life and gender roles.

By exploring the ways John and Jessie Benton Fremont and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were presented to voters as prospective First Families, and by examining the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lydia Maria Child, and other antislavery women, Free Hearts and Free Homes rediscovers how crucial gender ideologies were to American politics on the eve of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854556
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
IntroductionI
Chapter 1Liberty Party Gender Ideologies25
Chapter 2From Liberty to Free Soil: Gender and Emancipation47
Chapter 3Antislavery Women and the Triumph of Domestic Feminism71
Chapter 4Democrats and the Defense of Patriarchy97
Chapter 5Gender in the 1856 Republican Campaign115
Chapter 6Republican Women and the 1856 Election139
Chapter 7Republican Gender Ideology in 1860165
Notes191
Bibliography223
Index245

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