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Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Women’s Antebellum Antislavery Fiction by Holly M. Kent (review)

Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Women’s Antebellum Antislavery... Book Reviews 97 Women’s Christian Temperance Union. But these are small criticisms to an important work of scholarship. Christopher M. Bishop Auburn University Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Women’s Antebel- lum Antislavery Fiction. By Holly M. Kent. (Kent, OH: Kent State Un -iver sity Press, 2017. Pp. 204.) Professor Holly M. Kent has written a much-needed account of the fiction published by female abolitionists in the antebellum era. When historians have examined antislavery women, they have usually directed their attention to their subjects’ activities, but, as Professor Kent points out, “it is important to examine not only what antislavery women act du id al bl uy t also what an -ti slavery women imagined ” (8). This focus allows Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right to illuminate constitutive philosophical tensions in women’s-, particu larly white women’s, antislavery thought: both its “radical promise”— - its chal lenges to repressive gender and racial hierarchies and validation of women’s moral and thus potential political authority—and its “troubli-ng limita tions”—its failure to envision African American women as equals or fully imagine a “female power . . . disconnected from female domesticity” (8). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies West Virginia University Press

Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Women’s Antebellum Antislavery Fiction by Holly M. Kent (review)

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West Virginia University Press
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West Virginia University Press
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Abstract

Book Reviews 97 Women’s Christian Temperance Union. But these are small criticisms to an important work of scholarship. Christopher M. Bishop Auburn University Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Women’s Antebel- lum Antislavery Fiction. By Holly M. Kent. (Kent, OH: Kent State Un -iver sity Press, 2017. Pp. 204.) Professor Holly M. Kent has written a much-needed account of the fiction published by female abolitionists in the antebellum era. When historians have examined antislavery women, they have usually directed their attention to their subjects’ activities, but, as Professor Kent points out, “it is important to examine not only what antislavery women act du id al bl uy t also what an -ti slavery women imagined ” (8). This focus allows Her Voice Will Be on the Side of Right to illuminate constitutive philosophical tensions in women’s-, particu larly white women’s, antislavery thought: both its “radical promise”— - its chal lenges to repressive gender and racial hierarchies and validation of women’s moral and thus potential political authority—and its “troubli-ng limita tions”—its failure to envision African American women as equals or fully imagine a “female power . . . disconnected from female domesticity” (8).

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West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Jun 14, 2019

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