Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1998 - History - 319 pages
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With this book, Nancy Isenberg illuminates the origins of the women's rights movement. Rather than herald the singular achievements of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, she examines the confluence of events and ideas_before and after 1848_that, in her vie
 

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Contents

Firstborn Feminism
1
Citizenship Understood and Misunderstood
15
Visual Politics
41
Conscience Custom and Church Politics
75
The Political Fall of Woman
103
The Bonds of Matrimony
155
The Sovereign Body of the Citizen
191
Notes
205
Bibliography
273
Index
309
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Nancy Isenberg is the Mary Frances Barnard Chair in History at the University of Tulsa.

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