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In recent decades, the woman suffrage movement has taken on new significance for women's history. Ellen Carol DuBois has been a central figure in spurring renewed interest in woman suffrage and in realigning the debates which surround it.

This volume gathers DuBois' most influential articles on woman suffrage and includes two new essays. The collection traces the trajectory of the suffrage story against the backdrop of changing attitudes to politics, citizenship and gender, and the resultant tensions over such issues as slavery and abolitionism, sexuality and religion, and class and politics. Connecting the essays is DuBois' belief in the continuing importance of political and reform movements as an object of historical inquiry and a force in shaping gender.

The book, which includes a highly original reconceptualization of women's rights from Mary Wollstonecraft to contemporary abortion and gay rights activists and a historiographical overview of suffrage scholarship, provides an excellent overview of the movement, including international as well as U.S. suffragism, in the context of women's broader concerns for social and political justice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. The Last Suffragist: An Intellectual and Political Autobiography (1997)
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 2. The Radicalism of the Woman Suffrage Movement: Notes toward the Reconstruction of Nineteenth-Century Feminism (1975)
  2. pp. 30-42
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  1. 3. Politics and Culture in Women's History (1980)
  2. pp. 43-53
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  1. 4. Women's Rights and Abolition: The Nature of the Connection (1979)
  2. pp. 54-67
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  1. 5. The Nineteenth-Century Woman Suffrage Movement and the Analysis of Women's Oppression (1978)
  2. pp. 68-80
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  1. 6. Outgrowing the Compact of the Fathers: Equal Rights, Woman Suffrage, and the United States Constitution, 1820 &mdash 1878 (1987)
  2. pp. 81-113
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  1. 7. Taking the Law into Our Own Hands: Bradwell, Minor, and Suffrage Militance in the 1870s (1990) [Includes Images]
  2. pp. 114-138
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  1. 8. Seeking Ecstasy on the Battlefield: Danger and Pleasure in Nineteenth-Century Feminist Sexual Thought (1983)
  2. pp. 139-159
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  1. 9. The Limitations of Sisterhood: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Division in the American Suffrage Movement, 1875 &mdash 1902 (1984)
  2. pp. 160-175
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  1. 10. Working Women, Class Relations, and Suffrage Militance: Harriot Stanton Blatch and the New York Woman Suffrage Movement, 1894 &mdash 1909 (1987)
  2. pp. 176-209
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  1. 11. Making Women's History: Historian-Activists of Women's Rights, 1880 &mdash 1940 (1991)
  2. pp. 210-238
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  1. 12. Eleanor Flexner and the History of American Feminism (1991)
  2. pp. 239-251
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  1. 13. Woman Suffrage and the Left: An International Socialist-Feminist Perspective (1991)
  2. pp. 252-282
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  1. 14. A Vindication of Women's Rights (1997)
  2. pp. 283-299
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-308
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 309
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