Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic / Edition 1by Mary Kelley
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.
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.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xiii
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
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