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Voices without Votes
Women and Politics in Antebellum New England
Ronald J. Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray

Revisiting New England

New Hampshire
2010 • 320 pp. 14 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
History / Women's Studies

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-58465-868-9

Revelatory scholarship about New England women engaging mainstream politics in the antebellum period

Based on meticulous and original archival research, this study definitively shows that despite contemporary “woman’s sphere” prescriptions advising them to stay out of public affairs, a number of New England women in the antebellum era amply demonstrated political consciousness and proffered partisan opinions with little social reprobation for having overstepped their “proper” role. Voices without Votes rescues the “voices” of these women who, though barred from voting, nevertheless thought and acted in a deeply political manner. This long-awaited volume offers a startling counter to the traditional view that antebellum politics was solely a man’s world.

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RONALD J. ZBORAY is Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. MARY SARACINO ZBORAY is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh. They have collaborated on and published numerous books and articles.

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