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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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“A Few Thoughts in Vindication of Female Eloquence”

“A Few Thoughts in Vindication of Female Eloquence”

The Case for the Education of Republican Women

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

A. Kristen Foster

NYU Press

This chapter looks at how the founders and students at the Philadelphia Young Ladies' Academy engaged in a lively debate about the extent to which girls—who would soon be young women and mothers—needed to be exposed to the full range of subjects and learn the entire package of skills their male counterparts would need to participate in political life. In spite of efforts to define gender-appropriate republican citizenship, the girls of the academy took their lessons and began to think of themselves not only as women but as individuals. The major proponents of female education in the early republic and the application of their ideas in the founding of the Young Ladies' Academy of Philadelphia had produced the idea of “republican womanhood.”

Keywords:   Philadelphia Young Ladies' Academy, republican womanhood, republican citizenship, female education, political participation

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