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Physical Culture and the Body Beautiful : An Examination of the Role of Purposive Exercise in the Lives of American Women, 1800-1870

ISBN-10: 0865545618
ISBN-13: 9780865545618
Edition: 1st
Authors: Jan Todd
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List price: $39.95
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Binding: Cloth Text 
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

"In examining the course of the debate between the philosophies of Rousseau and Wollstonecraft in the first seventy years of the nineteenth century, several important conclusions have been reached. First, a much more diverse spectrum of women's exercise existed in the antebellum era than is currently described in modern historical texts. Second, several exercise systems had significant links to an ideal of womanhood - called in this text Majestic Womanhood - which directly competed with the prevailing construct of the ideology of True Womanhood articulated by historian Barbara Welter. Third, purposive training mattered in the lives of American women influencing them physically, intellectually, and emotionally. In many instances this training empowered women to step beyond the confines of their separate sphere of domestic duty and involve themselves in the world outside their homes."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Majestic Womanhood vs. "Baby Faced Dolls": The Debate Over Women's Exercise
"Souls of Fire in Iron Hearts": The 1820s Gymnastics Revolution
William Fowle's Monitorial School for Girls: The First American Gymnastics Experiment
The Literature of Calisthenics
"I Practice Calisthenics Every Day and Like It Quite Well": Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke, and American Calisthenics
Becoming Catharine Beecher: Antebellum Proponent of Women's Exercise
Bigger Bodies - Better Brains: Phrenology and the Health Lift
Dio Lewis and the New Gymnastics: Birth of a System
Textbooks for Majestic Womanhood: The Literary Legacy of Dio Lewis
The Influence of Dio Lewis: "Courage and Strength to Take Up the Battle"
"Reaping the Reward": The Quest for Health by Lizzie Morley and Her Sisters
Methodology
Bibliography
Index

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