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Well-tempered women : nineteenth-century temperance rhetoric

"In this Illustrated Study, Carol Mattingly examines the rhetoric of the temperance movement, the largest political movement of women in the nineteenth century." "Tapping previously unexplored sources, Mattingly uncovers new voices and different perspectives, thus greatly expanding our knowledge of temperance women in particular and of nineteenth-century women and women's rhetoric in general. Her scope is broad: she looks at temperance fiction, newspaper accounts of meetings and speeches, autobiographical and biographical accounts, and minutes of national and state temperance meetings." "Examining the choices these women made in their efforts to better conditions for women, Mattingly looks first at oral rhetoric among nineteenth-century temperance women. She examines the early temperance speeches of activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who later chose to concentrate their effort in the suffrage organizations, and those who continued to work on behalf of women primarily through the temperance topic, such as Amelia Bloomer and Clarina Howard Nichols. Finally, she examines the rhetoric of members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union - the largest organization of women in the nineteenth century."--Jacket
eBook, English, ©1998
Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, ©1998
Electronic books
1 online resource (xv, 213 pages) : illustrations
9780585106830, 9780809390311, 0585106835, 0809390310
Introduction : silenced voices
Part One. From pedestal to pen and podium
Woman's rights in woman's wrongs : temperance women at mid-century
Patriotic reformers : "Called by the spirit of the Lord to lead the women of the world"
Woman-tempered rhetoric : public presentation and the WCTU
Part Two. Controversy surrounding the cause
Dissension and division : racial tension and the WCTU
Red-nosed angels and the corseted crusade : newspaper accounts of nineteenth-century temperance reformers
Part Three. Fictional accounts of feminine concerns
"The feelings of the romantic and fashionable" : women's issues in temperance fiction
"Wine drinkers and heartless profligates" : water drops from popular novelists
Conclusion : women of the century
Electronic reproduction, [Place of publication not identified], HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010