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Author McFadden, Margaret.

Title Golden cables of sympathy : the transatlantic sources of nineteenth-century feminism / Margaret H. McFadden.

Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucy, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.420903 MCFA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 270 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-256) and index.
Contents Introduction: On Beginning to Tell a "Best-Kept Secret" -- 1. Weaving the Delicate Web: Lucretia Mott and Succeeding Generations -- 2. Paving the Way: The "Miraculous Era" in Communication and the "Unprotected Female" -- 3. The Ironies of Pentecost: Women Religious and Evangelistic Outreach -- 4. Unwitting Allies: Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Sand, and the Power of Literary Celebrity -- 5. A Developing Consciousness: Revolutionaries, Refugees, and Expatriates -- 6. Higher Consciousness: Reformers and Utopians -- 7. Mothers of the Matrix (I): Anna Doyle Wheeler, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Forms of Feminism -- 8. Mothers of the Matrix (II): Fredrika Bremer, Frances Power Cobbe and "World"-Traveling -- 9. "A Golden Cable of Sympathy": Aleksandra Gripenberg, the Finland Connection, and the 1888 Council of Women -- App. A. Some Atlantic Community Women with International Links -- App. B. The Relevance and Irrelevance to This Study of Social Network Analysis.
App. C. Adventurers and Invalids -- App. D. International Governesses -- App. E. Women Transatlantic Entrepreneurs in the Nineteenth Century -- App. F. Women Artists Abroad.
Summary An intricate network of contacts developed and intensified among women in Europe and North America over the course of the nineteenth century. Forged across boundaries of nationality, language, ethnic origin, and even class, this matrix of connections provided the foundation for the 1888 International Council of Women.
In a tour de force of investigative research, Margaret McFadden describes the burgeoning avenues of communication in the nineteenth century that led to a virtual explosion in the number of international contacts among women. These included the transformation of travel, advances in literacy and education, and the emergence of female evangelicals, revolutionaries, expatriates, and reformers.
Particular attention is paid to five women whose decades of work helped give birth to the women's movement by century's end. These "mothers of the matrix" include Lucretia Mort and Elizabeth Cady Stanton of the United States, Anna Doyle Wheeler of Ireland, Fredrika Bremer of Sweden, and Frances Power Cobbe of England.
McFadden demonstrates that the traditions of transatlantic female communication are far older than most historians realize and that the women's movement was inherently international. No other scholar has painted so complete a picture of the golden cables that linked these women who saw the Atlantic and the borders within Europe more as bridges than as barriers to improving the status of women.
Subject Feminism -- History -- 19th century.
Women's rights -- History -- 19th century.
Feminism -- International cooperation -- History -- 19th century.
Women's rights -- International cooperation -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Civilization -- European influences.
Europe -- Civilization -- American influences.
Variant Title Transatlantic sources of nineteenth-century feminism.
ISBN 0813121175 (cloth : alk. paper)