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The New Morality - The New Morality a Victoria Woodhull...

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The New Morality a. Victoria Woodhull & Tennessee Claflin i. Published a periodical with her sister called Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly ii. They were feminists and sometimes published shocking stories in their journal (Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous preacher of his day, had for years been carrying on an adulterous affair) b. Anthony Comstock i. Made a lifelong war on the immoral ii. Helped to pass the Comstock Law which helped confiscate: 1. Over 200,000 obscene pictures 2. Over 4,100 abortion pills 3. 26 obscene pictures on walls of saloons c. Importance of the Woodhull Sisters and Comstock i. Exposed the battle over sexual attitudes and the place of women ii. Economic freedom encouraged sexual freedom and “new morality,” which was reflected in: 1. Soaring divorce rates 2. Spreading of birth control 3. Increasing discussion of sexual topics XVII. Families and Women in the City a. Divorce i. Urban families were separated from the rest of their family and the immediate family became the center for emotional and psychological satisfaction ii. As a result, stress in families increased and led to increasing divorces b. Work Habits and Family Size i.
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