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When hens crow : the women's rights movement in antebellum America /
Sylvia D. Hoffert.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.
x, 153 p. : ill.
0253328802 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.
0253328802 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-02:
Using speeches, pamphlets, newspaper reports, editorials, and personal papers, Hoffert discusses how ideology, language, and strategies of early women's rights advocates influenced a new political culture that resisted, though included, women as participants. The result is a testimony to the control that men traditionally had over public discourse and, by extension, over public life. The book provides a highly readable survey that is compact and comprehensible in its treatment of the early women's rights movement in the US. Hoffert describes the impact of republicanism, natural rights, utilitarianism, and the Scottish Common Sense School, to show how early activists moved beyond the limits these philosphies placed on them, e.g., the idea of Republican Motherhood bestowed the privilege of training future republican leaders after giving birth to them, while denying women opportunities to participate in the republican process. The book also shows the work of the penny press in spreading the demands of women's rights advocates to a wide audience, establishing the competence of women to contribute to public discourse and life. The text reveals the power of rhetoric, and explains practical decisions made in the face of strident opposition, while telling a good story. Undergraduates; graduate students. M. Klatte; Eastern Kentucky University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-08:
Employing speeches, tracts, pamphlets, newspaper reports, and editorials, Hoffert (women's history, Southwest Missouri State Univ.) explores how the pre-Civil War feminists publicly challenged men to a fight and thus forced them to acknowledge that women could enter the fields dominated by men. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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A lively account of the way the early women's movement shaped rhetoric and protest, and how penny press coverage accustomed many to the notion of women as public figures.
Table of Contents
The Advocates
The Ideology
The Language
The Strategy
The Responses
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