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Jane Grey SwisshelmAn Unconventional Life, 1815-1884$
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Sylvia D. Hoffert

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828816

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875889_hoffert

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Jane Grey Swisshelm

Sylvia D. Hoffert

University of North Carolina Press

Jane Grey Swisshelm is a well-known journalist and reformer who advocated antislavery and women's rights. This book presents the story of her life and the ways in which she dealt with the constraints imposed on her by middle-class gender conventions, including her efforts to define what it meant to be a woman. It discusses how religion influenced Jane's life as well as her attitudes toward gender and the role of women in American society. The book also examines Jane's role in partisan politics and the contradictions and tensions that she exposed in her pursuit of social reform.

Keywords:   journalist, reformer, women's rights, religion, partisan politics, social reform

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