Signatures of citizenship: petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity

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In this comprehensive history of women's antislavery petitions addressed to Congress, Susan Zaeske argues that by petitioning, women not only contributed significantly to the movement to abolish slavery but also made important strides toward securing their own rights and transforming their own political identity. By analyzing the language of women's antislavery petitions, speeches calling women to petition, congressional debates, and public reaction to women's petitions from 1831 to 1865, Zaeske reconstructs and interprets debates over the meaning of female citizenship. At the beginning of their political campaign in 1835 women tended to disavow the political nature of their petitioning, but by the 1840s they routinely asserted women's right to make political demands of their representatives. This rhetorical change, from a tone of humility to one of insistence, reflected an ongoing transformation in the political identity of petition signers, as they came to view themselves not as subjects but as citizens. Having encouraged women's involvement in national politics, women's antislavery petitioning created an appetite for further political participation that spurred countless women after the Civil War and during the first decades of the twentieth century to promote causes such as temperance, anti-lynching laws, and woman suffrage.
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subject_facet Antislavery movements, Antislavery movements -- United States -- History, Droit de pe?tition -- E?tats-Unis, Electronic book, Electronic books, Femmes -- E?tats-Unis -- Conditions sociales, Femmes abolitionnistes -- E?tats-Unis -- Histoire, Femmes politiques -- E?tats-Unis -- Langage, History, Mouvements antiesclavagistes -- E?tats-Unis, SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Feminism & Feminist Theory, United States, Women, Women -- Political activity, Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History, Women -- Social conditions, Women -- United States -- Social conditions, Women abolitionists, Women abolitionists -- United States -- History, Women in politics, Women political activists, Women political activists -- United States -- History, Women social reformers, Women social reformers -- United States -- History
title_display Signatures of citizenship petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity
title_full Signatures of citizenship : petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity / by Susan Zaeske, Signatures of citizenship petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity by Susan Zaeske
title_short Signatures of citizenship
title_sub petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity
topic_facet Antislavery movements, Conditions sociales, Droit de pe?tition, Feminism & Feminist Theory, Femmes, Femmes abolitionnistes, Femmes politiques, Histoire, History, Langage, Mouvements antiesclavagistes, Political activity, SOCIAL SCIENCE, Social conditions, Women, Women abolitionists, Women in politics, Women political activists, Women social reformers