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Date of Graduation
Master of Arts (MA)
Department of History
Philip D. Dillard
This thesis project investigates how northern American women in the nineteenth-century defied civility and what the consequences were. Primary and secondary source research of poetry, prose, letters, government documents, and personal accounts reveal that these women were able to step out of the domestic sphere to create a new world for themselves without the aid of males. This paper and accompanying online exhibit, Civil War Successes, explores how defying the notions of a civil woman paved the way for an earlier women’s movement than the twentieth-century. A nation torn apart by civil war saw women creating outlets for their thoughts, inspiring others, as well as liberating and acculturating African Americans in the South Carolina Sea Islands.
Evans, Tess, "Defying civility: Female writers and educators in nineteenth-century America" (2017). Masters Theses. 509.