Title

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Multifaceted Response to the Nineteenth-Century Woman Question

Keywords

Harriet Beecher, Nineteenth-Century Woman, Women studies

Abstract

I N the decade following the American Civil War, the renowned children of Lyman Beecher each took his or her own position along the broad spectrum of debate concerning woman suffrage. Henry Ward Beecher served as the first president of the American Woman Suffrage Association (estab. 1869); Isabella Beecher Hooker worked closely with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the National Woman Suffrage Association (estab. 1869); Catharine Beecher helped found the first female-led antisuffrage association, the Anti-Sixteenth Amendment Society (estab. 1870); and Harriet Beecher Stowe, despite pressure from her siblings and other movement leaders and an obvious interest in the issue, remained aloof from all organized groups. In the absence of any definitive statement from her, each faction claimed her as an advocate. Between 1870 and 1871, for example, each organization’s journal either listed Stowe as a contributor or quoted from her writings

Original Publication Citation

“Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Multi-faceted Response to the Nineteenth-Century Woman Question.” New England Quarterly 86.1 (March 2013). 29-59.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-3

Publisher

MIT Press Journal

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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