White women's rights : the racial origins of feminism in the United States (Book, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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White women's rights : the racial origins of feminism in the United States

White women's rights : the racial origins of feminism in the United States

Author: Louise Michele Newman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Louise Newman reinterprets an important 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Michele Newman
ISBN: 0195086929 9780195086928 0195124669 9780195124668
OCLC Number: 38180168
Description: vii, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 : debates over coeducation and special labor legislation for women --
A feminist explores Africa : May French-Sheldon's subversion of patriarchal protection --
Assimilating primitives : the "Indian problem" as a "woman question" --
Eliminating sex distinctions from civilization : the feminist theories of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Roberts Smith Coolidge --
Coming of age, but not in Samoa : reflections on Margaret Mead's legacy to western liberal feminism.
Responsibility: Louise Michele Newman.
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A reinterpretation of the history of the American women's movement. The book traces the intellectual roots of the women's movement, revealing how it took on racial overtones and demonstrating that  Read more...


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a compelling look backward at the limitations of feminism as an ideology of human liberation * American Historical Review (2000) * For those interested in the history of ideas, the thorough analysis Read more...

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