Woman In America; Being An Examination Into The Moral And Intellectual Condition Of American Female…

Paperback | May 16, 2012

byMrs. A J. Graves

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...that so many women are to be found who seem to think that " life is of no use but to make or remodel dresses, and who act as if they were made to be walkM ing-blocks for showing off to advantage the workmanship of the riband and lace manufacturer, of the mantuamaker and the milliner." Looking to the baneful influences under which she is brought, woman is rather to be pitied than upbraided; for if so large a portion of our females are slaves to show and fashion, and regardless of what is really exalted and great, the cause is to be found in our defective systems of education, and in the senseless and pernicious customs and usages so prevalent in modern society. Woman with us is educated for the world, and not for her natural and only appropriate sphere--domestic life. The rule of the wise man in respect to her training has been inverted; and, instead of being brought up " in the way she should go," all the influences to which she is subjected tend to turn her from the right course. Her native traits of character, which, by judicious cultivation, may be exalted and refined to answer the noblest purposes, have, by an opposite course, been unnaturally forced into defects. Thus her love of approbation, implanted for the best ends, and Bo wisely suited to her condition, is fostered into vanity, and her taste for the beautiful perverted into a frivolous passion for finery and display. If her nature prompts her rather to follow than to lead, to imitate rather than to invent, is she not wronged by being educated to follow corrupt and fallacious guides, and to be a servile copyist of the worst models 1 The timidity and reserve which prompt her to shrink from revealing the depths of her heart, and the whole truth of her emotions, are trained into m...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 Excerpt: ...that so many women are to be found who seem to think that " life is of no use but to make or remodel dresses, and who act as if ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217654908

ISBN - 13:9780217654906

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