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This study reinterprets a crucial period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." By exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Louise Michele Newman speaks directly to contemporary debates about the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.

"White Women's Rights is an important book. It is a fascinating and informative account of the numerous and complex ties which bound feminist thought to the practices and ideas which shaped and gave meaning to America as a racialized society. A compelling read, it moves very gracefully between the general history of the feminist movement and the particular histories of individual women."--Hazel Carby, Yale University

Synopsis:

Louise Newman reinterprets an important period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." Exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Newman's book thus speaks to contemporary debates concerning the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.

About the Author

Louise Michele Newman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195124668
Author:
Newman, Louis
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Newman, Louise Michele
Author:
null, Louise Michele
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
History, American | Women
Subject:
Feminism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Racism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.18x6.11x.76 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Louise Newman reinterprets an important period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." Exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Newman's book thus speaks to contemporary debates concerning the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.
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