Antebellum Feminist Movement

Antebellum Feminist Movement - T he Womens r ights Movement...

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The Women’s rights Movement in Antebellum America I. The Unfinished Revolution A. Political Inequality 1. Lacked many rights on the basis that women did not possess the know- ledge to vote or rights would draw them away from their rightful place in the home B. Legal Disabilities 1. Seemed to be the legal possessions of their husbands 2. Not allowed to sue/be sued, make contracts, buy or sell property, draft wills 3. Typically any property owned prior to marriage became her husband’s after the wedding, husband legally entitled to wages wife earned a) 1850: most states gave husbands legal sanction to beat wives with a reasonable instrument II. The Rise of the Antebellum Feminist Movement A. Precursors 1. Felt as a matter of principal and a matter of right, they should fight for more rights B. Basic Thrust: The Realization of Potential 1. Only through women suffrage could every human being realize their full potential 2. Example: Margaret Fuller -- father pushed her to realize full potential,
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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