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Rebuilding the Bridge: A New Archaeology of Women Working toward Universal Rights in 19th Century United States
by Jones-Landwer, Susan E., M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, 2019, 72; 27545545
Abstract (Summary)

To revise our understanding of the relationship between abolition and women rights, I returned to primary sources that many scholars have overlooked by using HathiTrust,, Accessible Archives,, Library of Congress, and 19th-century biographies and narratives for clues inside letters and documented activities. In doing so, I discovered the main focus of my final chapter, Jane Elizabeth Hitchcock Jones, whose work I present in different phases of her career.

In my chapter "Contemporary Criticism with a Focus on Race," I use examples of current-day criticism that rely on previous work done in the field to push forth the argument that all 19th century women activists were racist and document how, as contemporary scholars, we are at risk of weakening the impact of when racism does occur when we use out of context references without going back to the archival source to interpret the archaeological work in question.

In consideration of race and gendered internal politics leads to my next chapter titled "The Divisive 14th and 15th Amendments" in which I provide background on political divisions between black rights and woman suffrage rights which came into play during the drafting of the 14th and 15th amendments.

As historical context and documentary evidence will spotlight in the chapter titled "The Forces that Derailed Women's Vote," specific interest groups like the Clergy, the Brewers Association, and the Planters worked against the relationship between black rights and woman suffrage, as the latter's voting power together could change the power structure in place.

Turning from this complex historical field to a figure we see within it, the final chapter considers the life and work of Jane Elizabeth Hitchcock Jones, a single example of a host of women who worked from an apprenticeship in the abolition movement to woman suffrage and a stance for universal rights.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scherman, Timothy
Commitee: Eze, Chielozona, Poll, Ryan
School: Northeastern Illinois University
Department: MA English, Literature Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/6(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, American literature
Keywords: Abolition, Anthony, Hitchcock, Stanton, Suffrage
Publication Number: 27545545
ISBN: 9781392391778
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