An Army of Women: Gender And Politics In Gilded Age Kansas by Michael Lewis GoldbergAn Army of Women: Gender And Politics In Gilded Age Kansas by Michael Lewis Goldberg

An Army of Women: Gender And Politics In Gilded Age Kansas

byMichael Lewis Goldberg

Paperback | July 31, 2000

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Looking at both the private and public lives of women and men in rural and urban Kansas, Michael Lewis Goldberg offers sweeping evidence of the role gender played in influencing Gilded Age politics. In An Army of Women, he analyzes how political activists in the Populist Party and the Woman Movement sought to create a role for women while retaining the support of men. When these activists employed the often slippery symbols of masculinity and femininity, they found that gendered meanings often changed with the shifting political context. Their ideas and assumptions about gender helped determine their ideologies, strategies, the fate of their movements, and their impact on American politics. Goldberg's broad scope and use of both traditional and unusual sources—including folkways, poems, songs, and novels—allow readers to understand the movements both as part of a national framework and within the context of the state and local cultures that were their primary concern.

Michael Lewis Goldberg is an associate professor of American Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program at the University of Washington, Bothell. His work includes Breaking New Ground: American Women, 1800-1848, and No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States (coauthor).
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Title:An Army of Women: Gender And Politics In Gilded Age KansasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:July 31, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0801863627

ISBN - 13:9780801863622

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Goldberg succeeds in demonstrating the tremendous importance of the story of women's political activism and suffrage efforts in Kansas and explores this material in a way that reveals its considerable complexity... He establishes that the story of Kansas is a crucial element in the history of Gilded Age women's political activism.Goldberg has taken a staple topic of U.S. history and utterly renewed it in a stimulating, forcefully written narrative, the first attempt really to understand the role of women as political agents in the Populist movement at the local level. Groundbreaking not only in making attention to women's participation central to politics, but also in integrating the study of the environment with politics and culture, An Army of Women will serve as a model of the new multifaceted political history.