Women's Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York 1822-1872by Nancy A. Hewitt
Pub. Date: 01/24/2002
Publisher: Lexington Books
Women's Activism and Social Change challenges the popular belief that the lives of antebellum women focused on their role in the private sphere of the family. Examining intense and well-documented reform movements in nineteenth-century Rochester, New York, Nancy Hewitt distinguishes three networks of women's activism: women from the wealthiest Rochester families who sought to ameliorate the lives of the poor; those from upwardly mobile families who, influenced by evangelical revivalism, campaigned to eradicate such social ills as slavery, vice, and intemperance; and those who combined limited economic resources with an agrarian Quaker tradition of communalism and religious democracy to advocate full racial and sexual equality.
Author Biography: Nancy A. Hewitt is Professor of History and Women's Studies at Rutgers University.
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Chapter 1 Material and Moral Progress Chapter 2 A Profusion of Pathways Chapter 3 From Amelioration to Perfection Chapter 4 Moral Crusades and Ultraist Alternatives Chapter 5 Coalitions and Confrontations Chapter 6 Union or Liberty Chapter 7 Never Another Season of Silence
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