Session 1: July 19-25, 2015
Session 2: July 26-August 1, 2015
Director: Jose R. Torre
The workshop will combine scholarly readings with primary sources. All of the material will be provided as a pdf file online or in photocopies according to the preference of the NEH Summer Scholar. The readings will include:
- Jed Dannebaum, "The Origins of Temperance Activism and Militancy Among American Women," Journal of Social History, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 1981), pp. 235-25.
- Nancy Hewitt, "Feminist Friends: Agrarian Quakers and the Emergence of Woman's Rights in America," Feminist Studies, Volume 12, No. 1 (Spring, 1986), pp. 27-49.
- There will also be excepts from: Carol Sheriff's book on the Erie Canal, The Artificial River; Paul Johnson's study of Rochester's religious revivals, A Shopkeeper's Millennium; William S. McFeely's biography of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass; Jean Baker's history of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Candy Stanton, Sisters.
We will also use brief excerpts from the reformers' own published work, speeches and correspondence. These include:
- Douglass's 1855 autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom, and his newspaper, The North Star; Charles G. Finney's autobiography; The Anthony-Stanton correspondence; Anthony's 1872 speeches in Rochester; and "The Declaration of Sentiments" from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention.