White Womens Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byLouise Michele Newman

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This study reinterprets a crucial period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white womendeveloped an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." By exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements thatfollowed, Louise Michele Newman speaks directly to contemporary debates about the effect of race on current feminist scholarship."White Women's Rights is an important book. It is a fascinating and informative account of the numerous and complex ties which bound feminist thought to the practices and ideas which shaped and gave meaning to America as a racialized society. A compelling read, it moves very gracefully between thegeneral history of the feminist movement and the particular histories of individual women."--Hazel Carby, Yale University

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This study reinterprets a crucial period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white womendeveloped an explicit racial ideology to promote ...

Louise Michele Newman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195124669

ISBN - 13:9780195124668

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"Draws attention to the ambivalence of white women and early feminisms in national, colonial and imperial history... show[s] that contemporary racial ideologies influenced activists and leaders."--Journal of American Women's History