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All Bound Up TogetherThe Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900$
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Martha S. Jones

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831526

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888902_jones

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Not a Woman's Rights Convention

Not a Woman's Rights Convention

Remaking Public Culture in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford

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All Bound Up Together

Martha S. Jones

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins by showing how the woman question lingered over Mary Ann Shadd while she toured the United States promoting the emigration of African Americans to Canada. Shadd's subject matter was provocative, yet she found herself ridiculed for her womanhood as much as for her political point of view. Shadd would eventually win the favor of the local three-judge panel in an appearance in Philadelphia's Banneker Institute, in which she engaged one of its most prominent members, Isaiah Wears, in a debate. Women's rights, and the female publicity implicit in the Cleveland consensus of 1848, had been, for a short time, a point of convergence for African American political leaders. By the mid-1850s, the same ideas were feared and derided.

Keywords:   woman question, Mary Ann Shadd, African Americans, Canada, United States, womanhood, Banneker Institute, Isaiah Wears, Cleveland consensus

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