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The Resource Mere equals : the paradox of educated women in the early American republic, Lucia McMahon, (electronic book)

Mere equals : the paradox of educated women in the early American republic, Lucia McMahon, (electronic book)

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Mere equals : the paradox of educated women in the early American republic
Title
Mere equals
Title remainder
the paradox of educated women in the early American republic
Statement of responsibility
Lucia McMahon
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
From the publisher. In Mere Equals, Lucia McMahon narrates a story about how a generation of young women who enjoyed access to new educational opportunities made sense of their individual and social identities in an American nation marked by stark political inequality between the sexes. McMahon's archival research into the private documents of middling and well-to-do Americans in northern states illuminates educated women's experiences with particular life stages and relationship arcs: friendship, family, courtship, marriage, and motherhood. In their personal and social relationships, educated women attempted to live as the "mere equals" of men. Their often frustrated efforts reveal how early national Americans grappled with the competing issues of women's intellectual equality and sexual difference. In the new nation, a pioneering society, pushing westward and unmooring itself from established institutions, often enlisted women's labor outside the home and in areas that we would deem public. Yet, as a matter of law, women lacked most rights of citizenship and this subordination was authorized by an ideology of sexual difference. What women and men said about education, how they valued it, and how they used it to place themselves and others within social hierarchies is a highly useful way to understand the ongoing negotiation between equality and difference. In public documents, "difference" overwhelmed "equality," because the formal exclusion of women from political activity and from economic parity required justification. McMahon tracks the ways in which this public disparity took hold in private communications. By the 1830s, separate and gendered spheres were firmly in place. This was the social and political heritage with which women's rights activists would contend for the rest of the century
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AZK
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McMahon, Lucia
Dewey number
371.822
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
LC1752
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
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Mere equals : the paradox of educated women in the early American republic, Lucia McMahon, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : between Cupid and Minerva -- More like a pleasure than a study : women's educational experiences -- Various subjects that passed between two young ladies of America : reconstructing female friendship -- The social family circle : family matters -- The union of reason and love : courtship ideals and practices -- The sweet tranquility of domestic endearment : companionate marriage -- So material a change : revisiting republican motherhood -- Conclusion : education, equality, or difference
Control code
ocn961586655
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 228 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801450525
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801465888
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Mere equals : the paradox of educated women in the early American republic, Lucia McMahon, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : between Cupid and Minerva -- More like a pleasure than a study : women's educational experiences -- Various subjects that passed between two young ladies of America : reconstructing female friendship -- The social family circle : family matters -- The union of reason and love : courtship ideals and practices -- The sweet tranquility of domestic endearment : companionate marriage -- So material a change : revisiting republican motherhood -- Conclusion : education, equality, or difference
Control code
ocn961586655
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 228 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801450525
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801465888
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote

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