How Did Women's Antislavery Fiction Contribute to Debates about
Gender, Slavery, and Abolition, 1828-1856?

Abstract

   In the decades before the Civil War, female authors wrote antislavery fiction, in which they sought to demonstrate to their female readers how they could best contribute to abolitionism. Between 1828 and 1856, these authors increasingly argued that both free and enslaved women needed to be empowered--both socially and politically--to contribute to the cause effectively.

   

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