ON THIS DAY in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, was born in Connecticut. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and Great Britain, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. Stowe wrote 30 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stances on social issues of the day. #harrietbeecherstowe#uncletomscabin#abolitionistmovement#antislavery#socialactivist#politicalactivist#19thcentury#trailblazer#mywomenofthedayinstagram
Are housewives the servants of their husbands?
I've been nodding along all the way through this book, until I got to the final chapter and thought - ooh, do I actually agree with this? What do you think? ⬇️
"The service oriented domestic labour of housewives, who can seldom produce tangible evidence of their work, diminishes the social status of women in general. When all is said and done, the housewife, according to bourgeois ideology, is, quite simply, her husband's lifelong servant"
It's not so much the 'bourgeois ideology bit', I think I'm trying to unpick whether *Davis* also thinks the housewife is essentially 'her husband's servant'?
This book is teaching me so much. I knew that the early suffrage movement for women to gain the right to vote didn't represent the needs of black women and even had racist factions within it. But what i didn't realise before was how this all manifested. All the complex intersections with the abolitionist movement to end slavery, with the socialist movement and workers movement to support 'working people's rights. It's both fascinating and deeply horrific. Many tragic stories. And despite all the complexity, Davis cuts through with a compelling and academic read. Which unlike most academic reads, is actually accessible.
It's making me think about what groups the current feminist movement might be leaving behind, even inadvertently. Refugees? Transgender people? Sex workers? Disabled women?
For the Podcast: https://fragilefreedom.com/2017/05/22/may-22nd-1856/
Even as Preston Brooks entered the Senate Chamber on May 22nd, 1856 few would predict the chain of events that he would set in motion, least of all him. A Southern Democrat representing South Carolina, he had heard of and read the speech made by Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner. It had publicly Andrew Butler, who was not only his state’s Senator, but also his cousin. Now he demanded retribution.
Whereas he might have demanded a duel, it was, after all his first instinct, he was talked out of it by his fellow Congressman Laurence Keitt. This was, after all, a man below his station. He had proven, in his speech and the language he used, that point. Dueling him would be beneath Brooks. No, if he were to get satisfaction it would be by treating him like the slaves the Northern Abolitionist loved so dearly, and caning him.
The events that would follow would become an iconic moment in American history and a turning point as Senator Sumner crumbled unconscious in a pool of his own blood on the floor of the Senate. Though he would recover from his injuries the nation would never be the same. In a sense Brooks would, through his actions, create a unity in the Republican Party that would create a national movement that would, in a few years’ time, deliver the White House to Abraham Lincoln as he set into motion events that would quickly sweep out of control. In a sense he would become the unwilling father of the party he so despised and a movement completely contrary to his nature and his ideology.
This is the story of the caning of Charles Sumner…. #AmericanHistory#ThisDayinHistory#Republican#Democrat#Politics#thisdayinhistory#thisdaythatyear#historylover#historynerd#historygeek#historybuff#charlessumner#caningofsumner#podcast#podcasts#podcasters#podcastshow#freedom#slavery#abolitionistmovement#abolitionists#freesoil#freesoilparty
FIRST WAVE FEMINISM 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 Delaney (2014) marks the beginning of first wave feminism (FWF) somewhere back in the 1830s and 40s when the abolitionist movements were gaining momentum. The first Women's Rights Convention was held in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY. The feminists' goals at the time were to solidify all women's rights to education, and to expand women's rights to own property in marriage. During this time, most women were banned from getting an education. They were also not allowed to own any property once they married.
Believe it or not, FWF was also a global movement. In Germany feminist women were advocating for women's sexual rights. This is referred to now as the erotic movement (Delaney 2014). A faction of German feminists argued that women should have the right to engage in sexual relations regardless of marital status.
Despite its gains, FWF was an inherently heteronormative movement. It focused on the issues and plight of white, heterosexual middle class women. Consequently, the early feminist agenda alienated women who identified as lesbian and bisexual, as well as non-white, poor and working class women. It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that feminists started to reassess and realign the goals and messages of FWF.
If you haven't seen this episode of Underground... then run and see it now. Underground defies TV convention with a stunning hour-long #HarrietTubman monologue delivering her 1858 speech that might feel a little more relevant than expected in 2017. #undergroundrailroad#Minty#AishaHind#letmypeoplego#abolitionistmovement Read more at http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/16/15300214/underground-wgn-minty-recap-harriet-tubman-aisha-hinds
Abolitionist John Brown in 1856, 3 years before the raid at the federal armory at #HarpersFerry that would eventually help spark the #TheCivilWar and a popular Union Army marching song that would also be the basis of Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic"..."John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
But his soul goes marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah,
Glory, glory, hallelujah,
His soul goes marching" #JohnBrown#AbolitionistMovement
Sojourner Truth. Born into slavery she took her freedom and later said "I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be alright." Less than 2 years later, in 1828, she would be one of the first black women to win a lawsuit against a white man, she won the freedom of her young son she had been forced to leave behind.
On this day in 1865, following its ratification by the requisite three-quarters of the states earlier in the month, the 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
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