New PDF release: Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics

By Rebecca Edwards

ISBN-10: 0195116968

ISBN-13: 9780195116960

ISBN-10: 1423759842

ISBN-13: 9781423759843

Angels within the equipment deals 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 girls within the U.S. participated actively and influentially as Republicans, Democrats, and leaders of third-party routine like Prohibitionism and Populism--decades earlier than they gained the correct to vote--and within the strategy controlled to rework eternally the ideology of yankee get together politics. utilizing cartoons, speeches, social gathering systems, information bills, and crusade memorabilia, she deals a compelling clarification of why relations values, women's political actions, or even applicants' intercourse lives stay hot-button matters in politics to today.

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They predicted that "degeneracy" would result 24 ANGELS IN THE MACHINERY from "submission to [the] tyranny ... "37 In keeping with Democratic philosophy, these women did not become public speakers or canvass wards during the secession crisis. Rather, secessionists turned to an older model of women's public action drawn from Revolutionary precedent. To punish the North, southern Democratic women formed groups to sew homespun as a substitute for northern-made cloth. They pledged a boycott of jewelry, silk, and other items made in northern states.

Maintenance of proper order required white men to assert their rights. More broadly than in the defense of slavery, and long after the Civil War, Democrats' ideology rested on male household mastery. It is tempting to see this ideology as older than that of Whigs and Republicans—a patriarchal holdout from previous eras. Certainly nineteenth-century Democrats harked back to old models of republican virtue when, for example, secessionist women took up their spinning wheels to emulate Revolutionary housekeepers.

64 Thus Republicans accused all their male opponents of the same transgressions: intemperance, violence (including political interference at the polls), hatred of blacks, sexual misconduct, cruelty to women, and a loud, cursing, swaggering style. This depiction of Democratic men enabled republican leaders to combine class, ethnic, and regional concerns in addressing a particular type of male behavior. Unlike their opponents, Republicans viewed sexual corruption as anarchic, a corollary not of concentrated power but of individual male rebellion.

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