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White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States #2020

White Women s Rights The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States This study reinterprets a crucial period s s 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

  • Title: White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States
  • Author: Louise Michele Newman
  • ISBN: 9780195124668
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States By Louise Michele Newman, 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 forThis 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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    1 thought on “White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States

    1. When I bought this book years ago, I wasn t sure what to expect I appreciated the critical nature of the title Well, I recently finished it and was not disappointed The first thing I caught myself doing was changing the subtitle of the book I replaced racial with racist After reading Angela Davis book that critically examines the early feminist movement, I was perhaps projecting that analysis And while Newman does talk about white, middle class, feminist racism, the real interesting part of the [...]

    2. from the book Page 18 was not simply a question of one rhetorical strategy substituting for another nineteenth century women protesting against male dominancedid not choose to argue simply on the basis of women s human character that is, likeness to men or simply on the basis of women s unique sexual character that is, difference from men Women voiced these two kinds of arguments in the same breath 43In other words, arguments about expediency and the political benefits of maintaining woman s sph [...]

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