Women and Reform in a New England Community, 1815-1860
As part of the ongoing reevaluation of the prehistory of the women's movement, Carolyn Lawes analyzes the organized social activism of the mostly middle-class, urban, white women of Worcester, Massachusetts, and finds that they were at the center of community life and leadership. Neither frontier nor densely urban, Worcester encountered the stresses common to so many communities in the Northeast during the first half of the nineteenth century. It was also the site of the first two national women's rights conventions in the 1850s.Arguing against the long-accepted paradigm of separate public and private spheres for women's lives, Lawes defines and describes what women were able to do and why, and seeks to reinterpret American women's history. [From Jet.com]
University Press of Kentucky
Children's Friend Society, Political activists, Social conditions, Massachusetts, Women social reformers, Women's rights
Social History | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies
Lawes, Carolyn J., "Women and Reform in a New England Community, 1815-1860" (2000). History Faculty Bookshelf. 28.