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From the Publisher"[An] incisive examination."
— National Women's Studies Association Journal
"Invaluable to scholars of political culture. . . . Elucidates new aspects of women's political consciousness in the nineteenth century."
[Zaeske's] analysis of the way petitions shaped women's identities as citizens and raised their feminist consciousness is a splendid contribution to historical scholarship. (Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
A subtle and original analysis of women's antislavery petitioning to Congress that both historians and rhetoricians should consider essential reading. (Lori D. Ginzberg, author of Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States)