"Am I Not a Woman and a Sister:" Activist Performance in Antebellum Black Women's Literary Societies

Herron, Jennifer.


  • Abstract: The 1830s saw a proliferation of black women's literary societies across the antebellum North. The rise of these organizations coincided with an uptick in anti-slavery activity, and with the dawning of the early women's rights movement. This thesis explores the work of three such societies and questions how they intervened in the political discourses of their local and national communities. ... read more
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