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Title:Neither Ballots Nor Bullets: Women Abolitionists and Emancipation During the Civil War (Slavery, Feminism, Woman's Rights)
Author(s):Hamand, Wendy Faye
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, United States
Abstract:Women were actively involved in the Civil War abolition movement. Intellectuals such as Julia Ward Howe and Lydia Maria Child used their writing skills to encourage public support for antislavery. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the "little lady" who allegedly caused the big war, took advantage of her enormous popularity in England to urge British support for the Union. A young Philadelphia teenager named Anna Dickinson rose to prominence as an abolition orator, earning the title "Joan of Arc" of the Civil War.
When Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, many Americans considered the antislavery struggle to be over. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony disagreed. These two veterans of the antebellum abolition and woman's rights movements founded the National Woman's Loyal League. Their goal was a massive petition drive demanding immediate Congressional action to end slavery in all states. With headquarters in New York, the organization quickly spread to all the northern states.
Women abolitionists played an important role in the final push for Congressional action on the emancipation issue. They were actively involved in the presidential campaign of 1864 as well. Finally, their Civil War abolition work had long term consequences for late nineteenth century feminism.
Issue Date:1985
Description:267 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521779
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985

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