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The Weston sisters : an American abolitionist family

Author: Lee V Chambers
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Westons were among the most well-known abolitionists in antebellum Massachusetts, and each of the Weston sisters played an integral role in the family's work. The eldest, Maria Weston Chapman, became one of the antislavery movement's most influential members. In an extensive and original look at the connections among women, domesticity, and progressive political movements, Lee V. Chambers argues that it was the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Weston family.; Weston family.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee V Chambers
ISBN: 9781469618173 1469618176
OCLC Number: 876000100
Description: 337 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Married to the cause: the Weston sisters and antislavery --
Married to each other: marriage, singlehood, and sororal practice --
I must make money: the sororal economy --
The cross of my life: social reproduction in the sororal household --
As if I had never been absent: the household extends its reach --
Yours with the united faculties of Mary and Martha: politics and kin-keeping --
Rocking the nation like a cradle: the political import of households --
Impudent puppies: sisters in the household of faith.
Responsibility: Lee V. Chambers.

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A must-read for historians of nineteenth-century women and antislavery.--American Historical Review Succeeds in showing how sisterhood--with education, religion, and other factors--contributed to Read more...

 
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