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The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America

Corinne T. Field


In the fight for equality, early feminists often cited the infantilization of women by white men as a method used to keep them out of positions of power. This book argues that adulthood—and the associated political rights, economic opportunities, and other benefits that come with it—became a common political goal for both feminists and African American activists between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The idea that black men and all women were more like children than adults proved difficult to shake and came to serve as a foundation for racial and sexual inequality for generations. ... More

Keywords: adulthood, feminism, inequality, gender, women, glass ceilings, power, race, injustice, female empowerment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618142
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne T. Field, author
University of Virginia