Perfecting The Family

Perfecting The Family

by Chris Dixon

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Historian Dixon, in a work originally presented as her doctoral thesis, conducted a study of the familial experiences and gender relations of radical abolitionists, particularly the Garrisonians. By analyzing eight marriages of radical white abolitionists, Dixon uses "abolitionist attitudes and lifestyles as examples of the ways in which cultural abstractions were played out in individual lives" in 19th-century America. Their domestic lives, she found, sharply contrasted with the subjugated domestic environment of antebellum America. Abolitionists perceived their marriages as an epitome of their reformism. Dixon's work supplements well Lydia M. Child's An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (Univ. of Massachusetts, 1996). The book is well documented, with detailed notes and reference to extensive primary and secondary sources. An excellent study for scholars in feminist historiography, social history, and American history in general.Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach

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