The Lady and the Mill Girl: Changes in the Status of Women in the Age of Jackson

TitleThe Lady and the Mill Girl: Changes in the Status of Women in the Age of Jackson
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1973
AuthorsLerner, Gerda
JournalMidcontinent American Studies Journal
Volume10
Issue1
Pagination5-15
Date Published03/1969
Abstract

The period 1800-1840 is one in which decisive changes occurred in the status of American women. It has remained surprisingly unexplored. With the exception of a recent, unpublished dissertation by Keith Melder and the distinctive work of Elisabeth Dexter, there is a dearth of descriptive material and an almost total absence of interpretation. Yet the period offers essential clues to an understanding of later institutional developments, particularly the shape and nature of the woman’s rights movement. This analysis will consider the economic, political, and social status of women and examine the changes in each area. It will also attempt an interpretation of the ideological shifts which occurred in American society concerning the "proper" role for women. [Semantic Scholar]

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