Learning to Stand and Speak Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic

ISBN-10: 0807859214

ISBN-13: 9780807859216

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mary Kelley
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Description: Education was decisive in recasting women's subjectivity and the felt reality of their collective experience in post-Revolutionary and antebellum America. Asking how and why women shaped their lives anew through education, Mary Kelley measures the significant transformation in individual and social identities fostered by female academies and seminaries. Constituted in a curriculum that matched the course of study at male colleges, women's liberal learning, Kelley argues, played a key role in one of the most profound changes in gender relations in the nation's history: the movement of women into public life. By the 1850s, the large majority of women deeply engaged in public life as educators, writers, editors, and reformers had been schooled at female academies and seminaries. Although most women did not enter these professions, many participated in networks of readers, literary societies, or voluntary associations that became the basis for benevolent societies, reform movements, and activism in the antebellum period. Kelley's analysis demonstrates that female academies and seminaries taught women crucial writing, oration, and reasoning skills that prepared them to claim the rights and obligations of citizenship.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Mary Kelley is Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author or editor of several books, including Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in Ameri

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction
You Will Arrive at Distinguished Usefulness: The Grounds for Women's Entry into Public Life
The Need of Their Genius: The Rights and Obligations of Schooling
Female Academies Are Everywhere Establishing: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Meeting in This Social Way to Search for Truth: Literary Societies, Reading Circles, and Mutual Improvement Associations
The Privilege of Reading: Women, Books, and Self-Imagining
Whether to Make Her Surname More or Adams: Women Writing Women's History
The Mind Is, in a Sense, Its Own Home: Gendered Republicanism as Lived Experience
Epilogue
Index
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