Untidy Origins by Lori D. Ginzberg
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Untidy Origins
By Lori D. Ginzberg

Untidy Origins

A Story of Woman's Rights in Antebellum New York 1st New edition

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Untidy Origins by Lori D. Ginzberg

Book Description

On a summer day in 1846 - two years before the Seneca Falls convention that launched the movement for woman's rights in the United States - six women in rural upstate New York sat down to write a petition to their state's constitutional convention, demanding "equal, and civil and political rights with men." Refusing to invoke the traditional language of deference, motherhood, or Christianity as they made their claim, the women even declined to defend their position, asserting that "a self evident truth is sufficiently plain without argument." Who were these women, Lori Ginzberg asks, and how might their story change the collective memory of the struggle for woman's rights? Very few clues remain about the petitioners, but Ginzberg pieces together information from census records, deeds, wills, and newspapers to explore why, at a time when the notion of women as full citizens was declared unthinkable and considered too dangerous to discuss, six ordinary women embraced it as common sense. By weaving their radical local action into the broader narrative of antebellum intellectual life and political identity, Ginzberg brings new light to the story of woman's rights and of some women's sense of themselves as full members of the nation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807856086
ISBN-10: 0807856088
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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This work offers a view of women and antebellum reform from two perspectives. The first focuses on issues of women, religion, class and race that shaped reform movements. The second explores the actual work of women as they participated in social change.

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Examines benevolent work performed by middle- and upper-middle-class American women from the 1820s to 1885 and offers a new interpretation of the shifting political contexts and meanings of this long tradition of women's reform activism.

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Author Biography - Lori D. Ginzberg

Lori D. Ginzberg is associate professor of history and women's studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is author of two books, including Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States. A native of New York City, Ginzberg lives in Philadelphia.

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