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Contents Introduction 1 Chapter One: Female Influence Is Powerful: Respectability, Responsibility, and Setting the Terms of the Woman Question Debate 23 Chapter Two: Right Is of No Sex: Reframing the Debate through the Rights of Women 59 Chapter Three: Not a Woman’s Rights Convention: Remaking Public Culture in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford 87 Chapter Four: Something Very Novel and Strange: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Remaking of African American Public Culture 119 Chapter Five: Make Us a Power: Churchwomen’s Politics and the Campaign for Women’s Rights 151 Chapter Six: Too Much Useless Male Timber: The Nadir, the Woman’s Era, and the Question of Women’s Ordination 173 Conclusion 205 Notes 209 Selected Bibliography 271 Acknowledgments 301 Index 305 This page intentionally left blank Illustrations Frances E. W. Harper 3 ‘‘I aspire too much,’’ Edward W. Clay political cartoon 19 ‘‘Morgan’s Deduction,’’ Edward W. Clay political cartoon 20 ‘‘Am I not a Woman and a Sister?’’ antislavery token 21 ‘‘The Wife,’’ by Washington Irving 29 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1829 43 Frederick Douglass’s the North Star, masthead 65 ‘‘Woman’s Rights Convention,’’ political cartoons 127 ‘‘The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870’’ 144 Details of ‘‘The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870’’ 145 ‘‘Electioneering in the South,’’ illustration 146 Mrs. R. Jerome (Hester) Je√rey 207 This page intentionally left blank ...


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