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Natural allies : women's associations in American history

Author: Anne Firor Scott
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1991.
Series: Women in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides an overview of all-female voluntary associations from the early days of the Republic through the Progressive era. The voluntary association offered women a vehicle through which they could exercise a public agenda, despite the social and political constraints placed on them in society's male-dominated institutions: churches, political offices and bodies, and higher education. The associations  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Scott, Anne Firor, 1921-
Natural allies.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)556118987
Online version:
Scott, Anne Firor, 1921-
Natural allies.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)607895787
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Firor Scott
ISBN: 025201846X 9780252018466
OCLC Number: 23287746
Description: xii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1: The new republic --
To cast our mite on the altar of benevolence: women begin to organize --
To overleap the modesty of nature: the emergence of female activism --
We are now very busy: women and war --
Pt. 2: A new world --
to some extent --
Onward Christian women --
Self-improvement, community improvement --
Inventing "progressivism": municipal housekeeping --
Inventing"progressivism": social justice --
As organizations they could ask and gain.
Series Title: Women in American history.
Responsibility: Anne Firor Scott.

Abstract:

This book provides an overview of all-female voluntary associations from the early days of the Republic through the Progressive era. The voluntary association offered women a vehicle through which they could exercise a public agenda, despite the social and political constraints placed on them in society's male-dominated institutions: churches, political offices and bodies, and higher education. The associations covered in this study vary, from liberal, conservative, and radical political interests to social justice concerns and religious issues. The evolution of these groups is charted through changing political climates both locally and nationally, showing how women effected change both within the associations themselves and within society at large.
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