White Women's Rights The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States
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Description: This study reinterprets a crucial period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." By exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Louise Michele Newman speaks directly to contemporary debates about the effect of race on current feminist scholarship. "White Women's Rights is an important book. It is a fascinating and informative account of the numerous and complex ties which bound feminist thought to the practices and ideas which shaped and gave meaning to America as a racialized society. A compelling read, it moves very gracefully between the general history of the feminist movement and the particular histories of individual women."--Hazel Carby, Yale University
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/4/1999
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction Woman's Rights, Race, and Imperialism|
|Evolution, Woman's Rights, and Civilizing Missions|
|The Making of a White Female Citizenry Suffragism, Antisuffragism, and Race|
|The Politics of Patriarchal Protection|
|A Feminist Explores Africa May French-Sheldon's Subversion of Patriarchal Protection|
|Eliminating Sex Distinctions from Civilization|
|Coming of Age, but Not in Samoa|
|Conclusion Coming to Terms|