Women & sisters : the antislavery feminists in American culture /
Jean Fagan Yellin.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989.
xxi, 226 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0300045158 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989.
0300045158 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 179-217.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-11:
"Am I not a woman and a sister?" The answer in the 1830s and '40s was clearly "No," because black slave women and the white women who braved the platform and entered the public arena in the abolitionist cause discovered that American society reinforced its existing cultural expectations with an opposing dialogue. The symbol of the fettered supplicant black woman offered for sale in the public arena became the icon for the movement of white women into public argument. Yellin (English, Pace University) uses this most effectively as the thematic connection to explore the writings of the antislavery feminists in their attempt to employ public discourse and popular fiction to change women's roles. In the political arguments and fictional accounts of Angelina Grimke, Maria Child, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Jacobs, the figure of the enchained female slave was used to illustrate such themes as sexual control, racial harmony and union, and gender equality. Symbols provide compelling messages and the photographs in this volume strengthen and support the arguments in the text. Women and Sisters is a powerful book; it is made so by the author's ability to link ancient and modern symbols of oppression to the varied rhetoric of abolitionism and its accompanying theme, women's liberation. Yellin's writing is clear and concise; the topic fits collections of US women's history and sociology. College, university, and public libraries. -V. T. Avery, Northern Arizona University
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