Women's Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York, 1822-1872 by Nancy A. Hewitt, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Women's Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York, 1822-1872

Women's Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York, 1822-1872

by Nancy A. Hewitt
     
 

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In Women's Activism and Social Change, Nancy A. Hewitt 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, Hewitt distinguishes three networks of women's activism: women from the

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In Women's Activism and Social Change, Nancy A. Hewitt 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, 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 communialism and religious democracy to advocate full racial and sexual equality.

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"Nancy A. Hewitt's examination of women's organized activities in Rochester raises critical questions about the tendency of historians to trace a direct causal line from the earliest female benevolent activities and missionary societies through evangelical reform movements to the birth of a feminist movement in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. . . . Hewitt demonstrates clearly that women of different class origins acted in ways consonant with the values of their social location, an excellent antidote to romanticized generalizations about 'women' as a group."—Contemporary Sociology

"A model for future community studies and a welcome addition to women's history."—American Historical Review

"The most detailed and scholarly study we have to date of women's reform activity at a local level. It is thoroughly researched, carefully organized, and well written . . . and provides a solid, insightful, and indispensable benchmark against which to measure future scholarship."—Public Historian

"Hewitt substantially advances discussion of 'women's place' and its relation to class, community, family, and feminism. Women's Activism and Social Change merits a careful reading by scholars of women's history and nineteenth-century social movements."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801495090
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1984
Series:
4/28/1999
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy A. Hewitt is Professor of History and Women's Studies at Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey. She is the author of Southern Discomfort: Women’s Activism in
Tampa, Florida, 1880s–1920s
and coauthor of Exploring American Histories: A Brief Survey with Sources.

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