Would the Women Suffragists Please Step Aside? Recovering Women’s Rights in Northern Reconstruction

Lecture Description

The 1860s and 1870s were arguably witness to the most explosive, broad-reaching, and sophisticated women’s rights agitation the North had ever seen. This goes largely unrecognized in the scholarship. This outpouring of activism, however, is too often eclipsed by the story of women’s suffrage. That standard scholarly story is, in turn, woefully inadequate for capturing the complex constellation that was post-war women’s suffrage. If we ask a few key suffragists to step aside, we discover a world where women’s rights, broadly construed, were at the forefront of efforts to remake the nation.

CATEGORIES

Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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