An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism: With Reference to the Duty of American Females

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H. Perkins, 1837 - 152 páginas
Although Beecher takes issue with the call for women's active involvement in the abolition movement, her discussion reveals the inter-relationship between 19th century abolitionism and 19th century feminism.

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Página 99 - Heaven has appointed to one sex the superior, and to the other the subordinate station, and this without any reference to the character or conduct of either.
Página 61 - I had expected pleasure from the invention of the arguments, from the arrangement of them, from the putting of them together, and from the thought in .,the interim that I was engaged in an innocent contest for literary honor.
Página 77 - ... oppress. As I had been the means of bringing these forward on these occasions, they naturally came to me, when thus persecuted, as the author of their miseries and their ruin. From their supplications and wants it would have been ungenerous and ungrateful to have fled. These different circumstances, by acting together, had at length brought me into the situation just mentioned; and I was, therefore, obliged, though very reluctantly, to be borne out of the field where I had placed the great honour...
Página 84 - I was not aware that they were so advanced in society. The works you have shown me, are not the works of brutes, but of men endued with rational and intellectual powers, and capable of being brought to as high a degree of proficiency as any other men. Africa ought to be allowed to have a fair chance of raising her character in the scale of the civilized world.
Página 104 - ... remove; if they will be the opening wedge, that will tend eventually to bring females as petitioners and partisans into every political measure that may tend to injure and oppress their sex...
Página 100 - Woman is to win every thing by peace and love; by making herself so much respected, esteemed and loved, that to yield to her opinions and to gratify her wishes, will be the free-will offering of the heart.
Página 61 - But all my pleasure was damped by the facts which were now continually before me. It was but one gloomy subject from morning to night. In the daytime I was uneasy. In the night I had little rest. I sometimes never closed my eyelids for grief.
Página 62 - It was but one gloomy subject from morning to night. In the day-time I was uneasy. In the night I had little rest. I sometimes never closed my eye-lids for grief. It became now not so much a trial for academical reputation, as for the production of a work, which might be useful to injured Africa.
Página 100 - A man may act on society by the collision of intellect, in public debate; he may urge his measures by a sense of shame, by fear and by personal interest; he may coerce by the combination of public sentiment; he may drive by physical force, and he does not outstep the boundaries of his 1058
Página 63 - Mill, in Hertfordshire, I sat down disconsolate on the turf, by the road-side, and held my horse. Here a thought came into my mind, that, if the contents of the Essay were true, it was time some person should see these calamities to their end.

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