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In a century almost continually at odds with the proper place of females, Catherine Esther Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Isabella Beecher Hooker shared a commitment to women's power. Although they did not always agree on the nature of that power, each in her own way—Catherine as educator and author of advice literature; Harriet as author of novels, tales, and sketches; and Isabella as a women's rights advocate—devoted much of her adult life to elevating women's status and expanding women's influence.
Focusing on the lives of the three remarkable Beecher sisters, 'The Limits of Sisterhood' chronicles the astonishing range of activities that engaged the energies of white, middle-class women in nineteenth-century America.
About the Author
Mary Kelley, John Sloan Dickey Professor of History at Dartmouth College, is author of Private Woman, Public State: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America.
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