Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic / Edition 1

Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic / Edition 1

by Mary Kelley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807859214

ISBN-13: 9780807859216

Pub. Date: 09/04/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Education was decisive in recasting women's subjectivity and the lived reality of their collective experience in post-Revolutionary and antebellum America. Asking how and why women shaped their lives anew through education, Mary Kelley measures the significant transformation in individual and social identities fostered by female academies and seminaries.

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Education was decisive in recasting women's subjectivity and the lived reality of their collective experience in post-Revolutionary and antebellum America. Asking how and why women shaped their lives anew through education, Mary Kelley measures the significant transformation in individual and social identities fostered by female academies and seminaries. Constituted in a curriculum that matched the course of study at male colleges, women's liberal learning, Kelley argues, played a key role in one of the most profound changes in gender relations in the nation's history: the movement of women into public life.

By the 1850s, the large majority of women deeply engaged in public life as educators, writers, editors, and reformers had been schooled at female academies and seminaries. Although most women did not enter these professions, many participated in networks of readers, literary societies, or voluntary associations that became the basis for benevolent societies, reform movements, and activism in the antebellum period. Kelley's analysis demonstrates that female academies and seminaries taught women crucial writing, oration, and reasoning skills that prepared them to claim the rights and obligations of citizenship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859216
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
List of Illustrations     xiii
Introduction     1
You Will Arrive at Distinguished Usefulness: The Grounds for Women's Entry into Public Life     16
The Need of Their Genius: The Rights and Obligations of Schooling     34
Female Academies Are Everywhere Establishing: Curriculum and Pedagogy     66
Meeting in This Social Way to Search for Truth: Literary Societies, Reading Circles, and Mutual Improvement Associations     112
The Privilege of Reading: Women, Books, and Self-Imagining     154
Whether to Make Her Surname More or Adams: Women Writing Women's History     191
The Mind Is, in a Sense, Its Own Home: Gendered Republicanism as Lived Experience     245
Epilogue     275
Index     281

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