The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: (2019) The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-24466-8


This book is the first to develop a history of the analogy between woman and slave, charting its changing meanings and enduring implications across the social movements of the long nineteenth century. Looking beyond its foundations in the antislavery and women’s rights movements, this book examines the influence of the woman-slave analogy in popular culture along with its use across the dress reform, labor, suffrage, free love, racial uplift, and anti-vice movements. At once provocative and commonplace, the woman-slave analogy was used to exceptionally varied ends in the era of chattel slavery and slave emancipation. Yet, as this book reveals, a more diverse assembly of reformers both accepted and embraced a woman-as-slave worldview than has previously been appreciated. One of the most significant yet controversial rhetorical strategies in the history of feminism, the legacy of the woman-slave analogy continues to underpin the debates that shape feminist theory today.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: rhetorical devices; language; activism; suffrage; woman question; class; white women; slavery; abolitionist; women's rights; antislavery; feminism; reformers; gender and sexuality; language and gender
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430321 North American history
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440505 Intersectional studies
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440503 Feminist theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130706 Understanding the past of the Americas
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