White Women's Rights : The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States
Louise Newman reinterprets an important 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 women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." Exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Newman's book thus speaks to contemporary debates concerning the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
- 04 Feb 1999
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Because its argument is both widely drawn and carefully detailed, Newman's book is engaging, often insightful, and always provocative. * The Journal of American History * The book opens up the possibility of redirecting the framework through which a discourse of rights, any discourse of rights, can be understood. * Years Work in Critical Cultural Theory * A compelling investigation of how racial questions informed the creation of white feminist thought in the United States ... I highly recommend this book. * Journal of American History *
About Louise Michele Newman
Louise Michele Newman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida.