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ERIC Number: ED120828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 15
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Southern Feminist Rhetoric: A Search for Its Roots.
Shelby, Annette N.
This is a historical study of the emergence of feminist rhetoric in the South. Feminism in the United States is associated with the abolition movement for it was the disaffected delegates to the World Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840 who, after being refused participation in that conference because they were women, organized the Seneca Falls Conference in 1848, the first of a series of conventions from which gradually evolved the woman's rights movement in the United States. Southern women were reluctant to embrace such a movement identified with the abolition movement, and after the war reconstruction was a primary motive at first. The commitment to feminism of Southern women, initially relatively few in number, derived from their concern for the welfare of those who had traditionally been their responsibility. Through involvement in women's service clubs and WCTU, organizations which also provided respectability for the woman speaker, Southern women entered the political arena to support suffrage. Only through the political equality of the sexes could Southern women secure "the good" of society. Theirs was a rhetoric of justice--justice not so much for themselves as for those entrusted to their care. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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