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Consistent Democracy

The "Woman Question" and Self-Government in Nineteenth-Century America

Butler, Leslie (Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth College)

Consistent Democracy

Consistent Democracy

The "Woman Question" and Self-Government in Nineteenth-Century America

Consistent Democracy

 

Consistent Democracy offers an intellectual history of democracy and the so-called woman question from the 1830s through the 1890s. It shows that in asking and answering questions about women's roles, responsibilities, and rights, Americans grappled with fundamental ideas about democracy.


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Beschrijving Consistent Democracy

What did it mean that in the world's first mass democracy only a minority ruled? Women--free and enslaved, white and Black, single and married--constituted the bulk of those barred from full self-government in nineteenth-century America. The seeming anomaly of this exclusion fostered basic questions about the possibilities and limits of popular rule during the decades of democracy's worldwide ascendancy.

Consistent Democracy examines how these wide-ranging discussions about self-government and the so-called woman question developed in published opinion from the 1830s through the 1890s. Ranging beyond the organized women's rights movement, it places in conversation travel writers and domestic advice gurus, activists and educators, novelists and journalists, as well as countless others who explored contested aspects of democratic womanhood. Across the expansive world of print, these writers explored women's individual autonomy, their familial roles, and their participation in the polity with the franchise and without it. An array of theorists, reformers, and critics--including foreign observers Alexis de Tocqueville and Harriet Martineau, educator Catharine Beecher, political theorist John Stuart Mill, African American author and activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and historian Francis Parkman--compelled Americans to assess and reassess their popular political ideas and assumptions against the backdrop of a turbulent century that witnessed the violent end of slavery.

Combining intellectual, political, and cultural history, Consistent Democracy illuminates how--in the nineteenth century and since--woman questions were democracy questions.


ISBN
9780197685839
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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