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_facetAntislavery movements
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History
Droit de pe?tition -- E?tats-Unis
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 -- Political activity
Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History
Women -- Social conditions
Women -- United States -- Social conditions
Women abolitionists
Women abolitionists -- United States -- History
Women political activists
Women political activists -- United States -- History
Women social reformers
Women social reformers -- United States -- History
title_displaySignatures of citizenship : petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity
title_fullSignatures of citizenship : petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity / by Susan Zaeske
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Signatures of citizenship petitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity by Susan Zaeske
title_shortSignatures of citizenship
title_subpetitioning, antislavery, and women's political identity
topic_facetAntislavery movements
Conditions sociales
Droit de pe?tition
Electronic books
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Femmes
Femmes abolitionnistes
Femmes politiques
Histoire
History
Langage
Mouvements antiesclavagistes
Political activity
SOCIAL SCIENCE
Social conditions
Women
Women abolitionists
Women political activists
Women social reformers