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This article introduces the forum, "Women and Civil Society." Four scholars-Philip Gould, Jeanne Boydston, Rosemarie Zagarri, and John Brooke-respond to, critique, and expand on the arguments made in Mary Kelley's book, Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education and Public Life in...
This essay examines the critical occasion of Mary Kelley's Learning to Stand and Speak (2006). It situates the book's major arguments in light of critical trends in both literary and historical studies, noting how the work registers important developments in the study of gender...
"This essay is a reflection on Mary Kelley's Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic, which argues that women's private seminary and academy education was critical to the formation the a critical public discourse in the early...
This article explores the relationship between various forms of women's political participation in the early republic and Mary Kelley's notion of civil society. Although Kelley is careful to exclude women's involvement in party politics and electoral affairs from her definition,...
Mary Kelley's Learning to Stand and Speak is landmark in both the debate over the gendered "doctrine of separate spheres" and our understanding of civil space in antebellum America. Rather than situating women and men in "separate spheres, public and private," she offers a framework...
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