All Bound Up Together
The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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When African American poet and essayist Frances E. W. Harper took the podium during the inaugural meeting of the American Equal Rights Association, she spoke with both trepidation and conviction. Aiming to set forth a creed that might guide the fledgling women’s rights organization, Harper declared: ...
Chapter One: Female Influence Is Powerful: Respectability, Responsibility, and Setting the Terms of the Woman Question Debate
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Maria Stewart need not have posed the woman question; she was its embodiment. In September 1832, Stewart spoke at Boston’s Franklin Hall on the prejudice to which African Americans were subjected. She shattered long-standing proscriptions against women speaking on politics. ...
Chapter Two: Right Is of No Sex: Reframing the Debate through the Rights of Women
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Of the many resolutions adopted during the September 1848 National Convention of Colored Freedmen, none was more novel than that which called for women’s "equal" participation in the proceedings.1 During three days of deliberations in Cleveland, Ohio, delegates considered a dizzying array of issues, including the upcoming presidential election, ...
Chapter Three: Not a Woman’s Rights Convention: Remaking Public Culture in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford
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Mary Ann Shadd could not escape the woman question. During the winter of 1855–56, Mary Ann Shadd toured the United States promoting the emigration of African Americans to Canada. Her subject matter was provocative, yet Shadd found herself ridiculed for her womanhood as much as for her political point of view. ...
Chapter Four: Something Very Novel and Strange: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Remaking of African American Public Culture
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On St. Helena Island, Charlotte Forten’s sense of duty was forever transformed. Forten was among the first African American teachers to venture South and work with black refugees behind Union army lines. When she arrived at St. Helena Island, South Carolina, in 1862, she was twenty-five years old. ...
Chapter Five: Make Us a Power: Churchwomen’s Politics and the Campaign for Women’s Rights
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In 1876, African American women won the right to vote. Through a broad campaign that began before the Civil War, black women secured the right to choose leaders, serve as representatives, and decide on legislation. Their campaign was waged by a multigenerational cadre of women; some gained their political acumen in the antebellum abolitionist movement, ...
Chapter Six: Too Much Useless Male Timber: The Nadir, the Woman’s Era, and the Question of Women’s Ordination
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Heads bowed for the opening benediction at the First National Conference of the Colored Women of America. The voice of Eliza Ann Gardner, the meeting’s chaplain, filled the hall. Seventy-three delegates from African American women’s clubs in twenty-five states and the District of Columbia had come to Boston in 1895. ...
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In the summer of 1907, the Reverend J. W. Brown presided over the dedication of the newly constructed Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rochester, New York.1 Even prior to the opening ceremonies, Memorial Church was touted as black Rochester’s grandest edifice. ...
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The research and writing of All Bound Up Together was made possible by generous financial support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation through the Revson Fellows Program; the Columbia University History Department through a Richard Hofstadter fellowship; the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ...
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Page Count: 328
Illustrations: 12 illus.
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture