Rise of Public Woman: Woman's Power and Woman's Place in the United States, 1630-1970 / Edition 1

Rise of Public Woman: Woman's Power and Woman's Place in the United States, 1630-1970 / Edition 1

by Glenna Matthews
     
 

This richly woven history ranges from the seventeenth century to the present as it masterfully traces the movement of American women out of the home and into the public sphere. Matthews begins with the Revolutionary War period, when women exercised political strength through the boycott of household goods and Elizabeth Freeman successfully sued for freedom from… See more details below

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This richly woven history ranges from the seventeenth century to the present as it masterfully traces the movement of American women out of the home and into the public sphere. Matthews begins with the Revolutionary War period, when women exercised political strength through the boycott of household goods and Elizabeth Freeman successfully sued for freedom from enslavement in one of the two cases that ended slavery in Massachusetts. She follows the western expansion of the country, where a developing frontier attracted strong, resourceful women, and into the growing cities, where women entered public life through employment in factories and offices. She illuminates the contributions of such outstanding Civil War women as Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, who supervised a cattle drive down the banks of the Mississippi so that soldiers would have fresh milk; Clara Barton, whose humanitarian work on behalf of the International Red Cross led her to become the first American woman to serve as official representative of the federal government; and Sojourner Truth, the impassioned black orator who devoted herself to emancipation. And Matthews brings the narrative to the 1970s, detailing the growing presence of women in American politics -- from the suffrage marches of the early twentieth century, to the courageous stands women took during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. A fascinating and perceptive look at women throughout our history, The Rise of Public Woman offers an important perspective on the changing public role of women in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195054606
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Woman's Power and Woman's Place in Seventeenth-Century America13
2The Erosion of Patriarchy32
3Women and Republicanism52
4The Power of the Word72
5"Woman's Place" and Public Space, 1800-186093
6Northern Women and the Crisis of the Union120
7Public Womanhood and the Incorporation of America147
8A Kind of Power: Women and Politics, 1900-1960172
9Working-Class Women and Public Activism196
10The Rebirth of Feminism222
Afterword241
Notes245
Index289

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