Teaching the American 1850's

E Pluribus Unum



1770s America
(Fall 2002)


1920s America
(Fall 2001)


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Using Documents on the First National Women's Rights Convention to Teach Women's Studies

Indeed the 1850s has been a kind of black hole in women's studies. Monograph after article after dissertation traced the early woman's organizations of the 1830s up through the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 and the ringing "Declaration of Sentiments." Then, suddenly, readers of the secondary literature found themselves in the Civil War and then in the middle of the split of the woman's rights movement over the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments which guaranteed the civil rights and suffrage of black males. How had the movement formed? What had it achieved? Who participated? This essay is an effort to shed light on those questions by looking at the 1850s.


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