From Preachers to Suffragists: Woman's Rights and Religious Conviction in the Work of Three Nineteenth-Century American Clergywomen

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The women's rights movement in nineteenth-century America has primarily been interpreted as a secular movement. However, in From Preachers to Suffragists, Beverly Zink-Sawyer examines the lives of three nineteenth-century clergywomen--Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Olympia Brown, and Anna Howard Shaw--who, seeing their calling to the suffrage movement as an extension of their call to ministry, left the parish to join and become leaders in the movement. Zink-Sawyer tells the stories of their courageous lives, quoting...

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Overview

The women's rights movement in nineteenth-century America has primarily been interpreted as a secular movement. However, in From Preachers to Suffragists, Beverly Zink-Sawyer examines the lives of three nineteenth-century clergywomen--Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Olympia Brown, and Anna Howard Shaw--who, seeing their calling to the suffrage movement as an extension of their call to ministry, left the parish to join and become leaders in the movement. Zink-Sawyer tells the stories of their courageous lives, quoting their sermons and writings and tracing their struggles before and after ordination. In doing so, she persuasively demonstrates the vital importance of these leaders--of their religious rhetoric and their theological leadership--in shaping the movement as a whole, reclaiming its religious roots and making a major, even corrective, contribution to American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226152
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Beverly Zink-Sawyer is Samuel W. Newell, Jr. Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. The editor of the Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual for three consecutive years, she is the author of From Preachers to Suffragists as well as numerous articles, book reviews, and published sermons.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: "All men and women are created equal": Religion and Rights for Women 1
1 "Strangers in a strange land": The Formation of Radical Religious Callings 27
2 "Neither male nor female": The Ordination Question Raised and Answered 69
3 "Breaking to them the bread of life": Joys and Challenges of Pastoral Ministry 123
4 "For the faith that was in them": The Preachers as Suffragists 171
5 They "have trodden many thorny paths": Three Lives of Reform 217
Index 242
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