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Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality
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David Hanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Chapter One: The Exploding Western Metropolis Carving Out a City on the Bluffs, 1856 to 1870
  2. pp. 13-44
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  1. Chapter Two: The Quality and Equality of Mercy Are Strained The Rise and Fall of the Female-Led General Relief Agency, 1870 to 1879
  2. pp. 45-84
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  1. Chapter Three: "Back to Their Friends" The Reluctant Response of Male-Led Relief, 1880 to the Eve of the World War
  2. pp. 85-134
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  1. Chapter Four: "Idiots, Imbeciles, Slaves and Women" Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1880 to World War I
  2. pp. 135-184
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  1. Chapter Five: Morally and Legally Entitled Women’s Political Activism in the Interwar Period in Kansas City
  2. pp. 185-218
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-266
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-304
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