"Combining lucid analysis of women, black and white, Native and Euro-American, clite and laboring classes, with a dazzling variety of documents, Carol Lasser and Stacey Robertson freshly synthesize decades of scholarship and introduce us to women's experiences in all their richness and vibrancy. We learn how women's civic identity and impassioned participation changed the face of antebellum America's society and politics. We find in the documents women playing multiple roles---Cherokees filing petitions to resist cessions of land, Lowell mill girls laboring in factories, elite blacks and whites organizing benevolent societies, activists calling for the end of slavery, suffragists claiming the vote. Bravo for a splendid presentation of women's keleidoscopic lives."---Mary Kelley, University of Michigan
"Lasser and Robertson have compliled a superb work that will challenge readers' conventional understanding of American women's involvement in politics in the decades before the Civil War. The wide range of primary sources allows women from a variety of social classes and races to express their political opinions in their own words. Lasser and Robertson's excellent introduction provides readers with a compelling framework for understanding the changes and continuities in women's political role throughout the first half of the nineteenth century."---Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University
How did diverse women in America understand, explain, and act upon their varied constraints, positions, responsibilities, and world-views as American society evolved between the end of the Revolution and the beginning of the Civil War? Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan Answers the question by going beyond previous works in the field. The authors identify three phases in the changing relationship of women to civic and political activities. They first situate women as "deferential domestics" in a world of conservative gender expectations; then map out the dev...
Carol Lasser is professor of history at oberlin College. Her publications include Educating Men and Women Together: Coeducation in a Changing World; Friends and Sisters: Letters between Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Black-well, 1846-1893 (coedited, with Marlene D. Merrill); and articles on women, race, and abolitionism. With Gary Kornblith, she is completing a book tentatively titled Elusive Utopia: A History of Race in Oberlin, Ohio.
Stacey Robertson is the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University, where she has been teaching since 1994. She is the author of Parker Pillsbury: Radical Abolitionist, Male Feminist and Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest.
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