We Mean to Be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia


Demonstrates the widespread reform efforts and partisan political activities of elite white women in antebellum Virginia. An eye-opening contribution to the history of women's activism in the U.S.

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Demonstrates the widespread reform efforts and partisan political activities of elite white women in antebellum Virginia. An eye-opening contribution to the history of women's activism in the U.S.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A very good book that all women's and southern historians need to read.

Journal of Southern History

This book clears a window into a previously obscure realm of southern white women's history.

American Historical Review

A well-written, carefully argued examination of Virginia women's public roles.

Left History

Varon argues convincingly that women took an active role in antebellum politics in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

This pathbreaking [book] will appeal to both scholars and nonspecialist audiences.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807846964
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/1998
  • Series: Gender and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,063,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth R. Varon is professor of history at Temple University.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Representatives of Virtue: Female Benevolence and Moral Reform
Chapter 2. This Most Important Charity: The American Colonization Society
Chapter 3. The Ladies Are Whigs: Gender and the Second Party System
Chapter 4. To Still the Angry Passions: Women as Sectional Mediators and Partisans
Chapter 5. 'Tis Now Liberty or Death: The Secession Crisis
Epilogue. The War and Beyond

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