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    White Womens Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States

    By: Louise Michele Newman

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    Louise Newman reinterprets an important period (1870s-1920s) in the history of womens rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women developed an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for primitives while calling for its elimination among the civilized. Exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements that followed, Newmans book thus speaks to contemporary debates concerning the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.

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