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The Rise of the New Woman: The Women's Movement in America, 1875-1930 (American Ways Series) Paperback – May 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1566635011 ISBN-10: 1566635012
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The quest for women's rights has been one of America's defining social movements. In this concise, accessible and well-researched history, Matthews (Women's Struggle for Equality: The First Phase, 1828-1876) details how that movement came about and examines its peaks and pitfalls. Chief among the former, Matthews elucidates, was the burst of educational possibilities for women post-Civil War and concomitant options for careers outside the home. Enfranchisement did not, however, immediately engender the revolutionary social change its promulgators had envisioned. Matthews charts the internecine fights between those consumed by the passion for the vote, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and those whose concerns were more expansive, such as Frances Willard, founder of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, arguably the most influential political and social organization of its era, encompassing concerns about domestic violence and poverty as well as the quest for women's equity inside and outside the home. She illuminates other battles by and between early feminists, including abolition, the 15th Amendment (which effectively delayed women's enfranchisement for another 50 years), divorce, birth control, worker's rights and class conflict. Matthews infuses her history with quotes and anecdotes that serve to bring the era more alive, but her desire for concision sometimes abbreviates more complex issues, like the effects of the Comstock laws and the struggle for viable birth control.
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Before there were "feminists," there were "suffragists." Before there was a "woman's movement," there was a "woman's era." Subtle distinctions, but ones whose significance becomes evident via Matthew's incisive, inclusive, and impressive look at a critical period in American history. Now that historians are reflecting on the "second wave" of the American feminist movement, Matthews reconstructs how and why the first wave came along. From the aftermath of the Civil War to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, America endured a volatile half-century that witnessed massive upheavals on social, legal, cultural, moral, and political fronts in which the role of women was questioned and a so-called new woman emerged, one who was arguably better educated and more independent than her predecessors but one who was still subjected to pervasive discrimination. Although Matthews frequently paints her historical overview in broad strokes, she nonetheless excels at filling in a fascinating background, giving new insights on lesser-known but equally influential people, facts, and situations. Carol Haggas
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Product Details

  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (May 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566635012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566635011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viviana on November 11, 2013
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The book is very well written and it's very clear. It's interesting to have a glimpse of how women have been viewed and considered in different moments in history. Some of the accounts and reports are REALLY surprising! Some others VERY moving! A highly recommendable book. Amazon's service, as always, impeccable!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2003
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An exceptional production. Jean Matthews' RISE OF THE NEW WOMAN provides a history of the women's movement in America between 1875-1930. This was the period which brought about fundamental changes in the lives and opportunities of American women: chapters show how women gained access to all levels of education and achievement, and how they struggled against doors still shut to their abilities.
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