Abby Hopper Gibbons: Prison Reformer and Social Activist

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SUNY Press, Mar 9, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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This first contemporary biography of nineteenth-century American social activist and prison reformer Abigail Hopper Gibbons (1801-1893) illuminates women's changing role in the various reform movements of the period. Beginning as an abolitionist/feminist, Gibbons helped to found the Women's Prison Association of New York City in 1845. This group established the Isaac T. Hopper Home for discharged women prisoners, the first such institution in the world. Gibbons later became an advocate and lobbyist for improvements in the care of women in the city prisons, for the employment of police matrons, and for the establishment of separate correctional facilities for women prisoners.

Though born a pacifist Quaker, Gibbons became a Civil War nurse who protected escaping slaves. During the 1863 Draft Riots, her house in New York City was sacked. Following the war, she was involved in establishing several New York charities. In the 1870s she became a leader and lobbyist for the Moral Reform Movement, both locally and nationally. Her story is intrinsically interesting, and illustrates the political action employed by women of her period.

 

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Contents

Her Fathers Daughter
1
The AbolitionistFeminists
17
The Woman Question
35
Our Imprisoned Sisters
51
Losses and Crosses
67
The Calls of Humanity
81
Take the News to Mother
97
The Draft Riots
113
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
129
An Advocate for Women
145
A Reformatory Pure and Simple
161
Notes
173
Bibliography
201
Index
207
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Margaret Hope Bacon, author and lecturer, has written many books including most recently Wilt Thou Go on My Errand? The Journals of Three Eighteenth Century Quaker Women; One Woman's Passion for Peace and Freedom: The Life of Mildred Olmsted; and Let This Life Speak: The Legacy of Henry Joel Cadbury. She is a Swarthmore College Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The city of Philadelphia has honored her with both a Human Rights Award in 1976 and a Citation for Contributions to Women's History in 1987.

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