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At Home in Nineteenth-Century AmericaA Documentary History$
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Amy G. Richter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814769133

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814769133.001.0001

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Home, Civilization, and Citizenship

Home, Civilization, and Citizenship

(p.97) 3 Home, Civilization, and Citizenship
At Home in Nineteenth-Century America

Amy G. Richter

NYU Press

As the domestic ideal increasingly included those beyond the white middle class (albeit in uneven and problematic ways), it inspired unexpected claims for political rights and supported new notions of citizenship. Chapter 3 documents how politically marginalized groups—advocates for abolition, woman’s rights, racial equality, Native American citizenship, and trade unionism—used domestic norms, goods, and labor to lay claim to “civilization” and to articulate their particular demands. Sources in this chapter include an excerpt from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and writings by W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, and Frances Willard. Susan La Flesche depicts Native American domesticity, and Caroline Dall and William Sylvis consider the relationship between waged labor, domesticity, and gender.

Keywords:   citizenship, civilization, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Frances Willard, Susan La Flesche, Caroline Dall, William Sylvis

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