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The Struggle for Equal Adulthood
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In the fight for equality, early feminists often cited the infantilization of women and men of color as a method used to keep them out of power. Field argues that attaining adulthood--and the associated political rights, economic opportunities, and sexual power that come with it--became a common goal for both white and African American feminists between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The idea that black men and all women were more like children than adult white men proved difficult to overcome, however, and continued to serve as a foundation for racial and sexual inequality for generations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. PROLOGUE: Liberty and Maturity in Enlightenment Thought
  2. pp. 12-21
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  1. 1 Adult Independence and the Limits of Revolution
  2. pp. 22-52
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  1. 2 Democratic Citizenship as a Stage of Life
  2. pp. 53-76
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  1. 3 Chronological Age and Equal Rights
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. 4 The Voyage of Life and Equal Opportunity
  2. pp. 96-126
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  1. 5 Competing Measures of Mature Citizenship
  2. pp. 127-157
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  1. 6 Perpetual Minority and the Failure of Reconstruction
  2. pp. 158-171
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  1. EPILOGUE: Aging and Inequality
  2. pp. 172-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-243
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