Belonging to the World: Womens Rights and American Constitutional Culture

Paperback | December 15, 2000

bySandra F. Vanburkleo

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Belonging to the World: Women's Rights and American Constitutional Culture surveys the treatment of women in American law from the nation's earliest beginnings in British North America to the present. Placing the legal history of women in the broader social, political, and economic context ofAmerican history, this book examines the evolution of women's constitutional status in the United States, the development of rights consciousness among women, and their attempts to expand zones of freedom for all women. This is the first general account of women and American constitutional historyto include the voices of women alongside the more familiar voices of lawmakers. An original work of historical synthesis, it delineates the shifting relationships between American law practice and women, both within the family and elsewhere, as it looks beyond the campaign for woman suffrage tobroader areas of contest and controversy. Women's stories are used throughout the book to illustrate the extraordinary range and persistence of female rebellion from the 1630s up through the present era of "post-feminist" retrenchment and backlash. Belonging to the World: Women's Rights and AmericanConstitutional Culture dispels the myth that the story of women and the law is synonymous only with woman suffrage or married women's property acts, showing instead that American women have struggled along many fronts, not only to regain and expand their rights as sovereign citizens, but also toremake American culture.

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Belonging to the World: Women's Rights and American Constitutional Culture surveys the treatment of women in American law from the nation's earliest beginnings in British North America to the present. Placing the legal history of women in the broader social, political, and economic context ofAmerican history, this book examines the evo...

Sandra F. VanBurkleo is at Wayne State University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Editor's PrefacePrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. "The Way of Obedience": Foundations1. Governing Women in British North America2. Toward the Revolutionary SettlementPart II. "Talk is the Fountain-Head of All Things": Republican Speech Communities and Coequality3. Law, Gender, and Domestic Culture4. Republican Speech Communities5. Toward Coequality and Self-Possession6. Capitalism and the New American Empire7. The Civil War SettlementPart III. "Governments Try Themselves": Democratic Suffrage Communities and Equality8. Democratic Suffrage Communities9. Economic Protection versus Equal Rights10. Physical Protection versus Self-Sovereignty11. The Civil Rights Settlement12. AfterwordNotesBibliographic EssayIndex

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"Sandra F. VanBurkleo executes brilliantly the difficult task of synthesizing the history of women's quest for liberty in the United States...VanBurkleo deftly ties together constitutional developments with women's history." - - American Historical Review