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By Rebecca Edwards

ISBN-10: 0195116968

ISBN-13: 9780195116960

ISBN-10: 1423759842

ISBN-13: 9781423759843

Angels within the equipment bargains a sweeping research of the centrality of gender to politics within the usa from the times of the Whigs to the early 20th century. writer Rebecca Edwards indicates that ladies within the U.S. participated actively and influentially as Republicans, Democrats, and leaders of third-party pursuits like Prohibitionism and Populism--decades sooner than they received definitely the right to vote--and within the procedure controlled to remodel eternally the ideology of yankee social gathering politics. utilizing cartoons, speeches, occasion structures, information money owed, and crusade memorabilia, she deals a compelling clarification of why kin values, women's political actions, or even applicants' intercourse lives stay hot-button concerns in politics to today.

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73 Implicit in such appeals was the hope that boys would end their political virginity through marriage to Republicanism. Democratic men, by contrast, rarely implied that first voters were virgins. Nor did they associate straight-ticket loyalty with male marital fidelity, which was not on the list of virtues they endorsed on the stump. Though they drew on domestic ideology, Republican leaders did not define government as a maternalistic enterprise. Power lay in the hands of military men, heroes who had crushed a slaveholders' rebellion and upheld the nation's honor.

This argument contained profound tensions, based in its view of women and slaves as voluntary subjects of male rule. When pressed, as they often were during the Civil War and Reconstruction, Democrats described household relationships as based at their core on force and obedience. Humane men should not need to use coercion unless dependents rebelled, but the power to do so remained available as the fundamental source of domestic and political order. Danger to the republic lay in usurpation of this power by excessive centralized authority.

Whites in Yazoo County, Mississippi, were startled to find in 1868 black female employees wearing Ulysses Grant buttons. Black women often marched with men in campaign and victory parades and a few gave Republican speeches. Clubs of Georgia freedwomen pledged weekly donations to pay a male orator to tour their district. Others used more personal forms of leverage to persuade black men. Some freedwomen voted to expel Democrats from their churches, or withheld bed and board from husbands and sons who voted Democratic.

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