Changing Ideas about Women in the United States, 1776-1825: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Changing Ideas about Women in the United States, 1776-1825

1st Edition

By Janet Wilson James


376 pages

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Written in 1954 and published in 1981, this fascinating study remains authoritative as an account of a body of opinion about women’s nature and role that was in vogue in America during the first half-century after independence. Combining intellectual and social history, this work was one of numerous attempts being made at the time to add depth to American social history dealing with women and women’s experiences before feminism. The author explores British sources of American thought as well, presenting an early comparative history, and offers a focus on religion to show how processes of change to ideas about women occurred.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Recollections of a Veteran in Women’s History Preface 1. Colonial Theory and Practice 2. The Revolutionary Era and Women’s Rights, 1776-1800 3. The Religious Revival and the New Conservatism: Marriage and the Home, 1800-1825 4. Charity Work and Education, 1800-1825 5. The Rise of the Woman Author. Conclusion

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Social History