These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia
On July 4, 1796, a group of women gathered in York, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of American independence. They drank tea and toasted the Revolution, the Constitution, and, finally, the rights of women. This event would have been unheard of thirty years before, but a popular political culture developed after the war in which women were actively involved, despite the fact that they could not vote or hold political office. This newfound atmosphere not only provided women with opportunities to celebrate national occasions outside the home but also enabled them to conceive of possessing specific rights in the young republic and to demand those rights in very public ways.
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Review: These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National PhiladelphiaUser Review - Steven - Goodreads
Though historians like Linda Kerber (Women of the Republic) have told us that women in the postrevolutionary era made some strides toward becoming more politically independent of men (via ... Read full review
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A really well put-together book. Concise, convincing, and with excellent documentation. As a bonus, it's also fun to read. Read full review