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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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A Different Sort of Politics

A Different Sort of Politics

(p.103) Chapter Five A Different Sort of Politics
Jane Grey Swisshelm

Sylvia D. Hoffert

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Jane Grey Swisshelm's role in partisan politics in the mid-nineteenth century. When Jane pursued her interests in partisan politics, she was determined to see slavery abolished but had no confidence that either the Democrats or the Whigs could be counted on to take a strong stand against slavery. The chapter examines how Jane dealt with the challenges in partisan politics when she transgressed gender boundaries by intruding into the male world of political journalism. It also describes how Jane promoted the interests of Free Democracy in Pennsylvania and attempted to expand women's roles in society.

Keywords:   partisan politics, slavery, Democrats, Whigs, gender boundaries, political journalism, Free Democracy, Pennsylvania

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