Women's Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation

Women's Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation

by Kathryn Kish Sklar, James Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300115938

ISBN-13: 9780300115932

Pub. Date: 05/22/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

Two epochal developments profoundly influenced the history of the Atlantic world between 1770 and 1870—the rise of women’s rights activism and the drive to eliminate chattel slavery. The contributors to this volume, eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines, investigate the intertwining histories of abolitionism and feminism on both sides of

Overview

Two epochal developments profoundly influenced the history of the Atlantic world between 1770 and 1870—the rise of women’s rights activism and the drive to eliminate chattel slavery. The contributors to this volume, eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines, investigate the intertwining histories of abolitionism and feminism on both sides of the Atlantic during this dynamic century of change. They illuminate the many ways that the two movements developed together and influenced one another.
Approaching a wide range of transnational topics, the authors ask how conceptions of slavery and gendered society differed in the United States, France, Germany, and Britain; how women’s activism reached across national boundaries; how racial identities affected the boundaries of women’s activism; and what was distinctive about African-American women’s participation as activists. Their thought-provoking answers provide rich insights into the history of struggles for social justice across the Atlantic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115932
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Series:
David Brion Davis Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations....................x
Introduction Kathryn Kish Sklar and James Brewer Stewart....................xi
Part I: Context-Then and Today 1. Declaring Equality: Sisterhood and Slavery David Brion Davis....................3
2. Sisterhood, Slavery, and Sovereignty: Transnational Antislavery Work and Women's Rights Movements in the United States During the Twentieth Century Judith Resnik....................19
Part II: The Impact of Antislavery on French, German, and British Feminism 3. How (and Why) the Analogy of Marriage with Slavery Provided the Springboard for Women's Rights Demands in France, 1640-1848 Karen Offen....................57
4. Frauenemancipation and Beyond: The Use of the Concept of Emancipation by Early European Feminists Bonnie S. Anderson....................82
5. Women's Mobilization in the Era of Slave Emancipation: Some Anglo-French Comparisons Seymour Drescher....................98
6. British Abolition and Feminism in Transatlantic Perspective Clare Midgley....................121
Part III: The Transatlantic Activism of African-American Women Abolitionists 7. Sarah Forten's Anti-Slavery Networks Julie Winch....................143
8. Incidents Abroad: Harriet Jacobs and the Transatlantic Movement Jean Fagan Yellin....................158
9. "Like Hot Lead to Pour on the Americans ...": Sarah Parker Remond-From Salem, Mass., to the British Isles Willi Coleman....................173
10. Literary Transnationalism and Diasporic History: Frances Watkins Harper's "Fancy Sketches," 1859-60 Carla L. Peterson....................189
Part IV: TransatlanticInfluences on the Emergence of Women's Rights in the United States 11. "The Throne of My Heart": Religion, Oratory, and Transatlantic Community in Angelina Grimké's Launching of Women's Rights, 1828-1838 Kathryn Kish Sklar....................211
12. The Redemption of a Heretic: Harriet Martineau and Anglo-American Abolitionism Deborah A. Logan....................242
13. "Seeking a Larger Liberty": Remapping First Wave Feminism Nancy A. Hewitt....................266
14. Ernestine Rose's Jewish Origins and the Varieties of Euro-American Emancipation in 1848 Ellen Carol DuBois....................279
Part V: Transcultural Activism Against Slavery by African-American Women 15. Writing for True Womanhood: African-American Women's Writings and the Antislavery Struggle Erica Armstrong Dunbar....................299
16. Enacting Emancipation: African American Women Abolitionists at Oberlin College and the Quest for Empowerment, Equality, and Respectability Carol Lasser....................319
17. At the Boundaries of Abolitionism, Feminism, and Black Nationalism: The Activism of Mary Ann Shadd Cary Jane Rhodes....................346
List of Contributors....................367
Index....................369

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