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By Rebecca Edwards

Angels within the equipment deals a sweeping research of the centrality of gender to politics within the usa from the times of the Whigs to the early 20th century. writer Rebecca Edwards indicates that ladies within the U.S. participated actively and influentially as Republicans, Democrats, and leaders of third-party hobbies like Prohibitionism and Populism--decades sooner than they gained the fitting to vote--and within the strategy controlled to rework without end the ideology of yank social gathering politics. utilizing cartoons, speeches, celebration systems, information money owed, and crusade memorabilia, she bargains a compelling clarification of why family members values, women's political actions, or even applicants' intercourse lives stay hot-button matters in politics to this present day.

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All that occurred in that dark room in the Custom House, between the pliant Amy and the versatile statesman is not, and will never, be known. "36 In such stories, Democrats suggested that black and white Republican women played a role in the corruption of power. Virtue in both family and state was based on hierarchical relations between white men and dependent women and blacks; outside this order lay the allied evils of sexual and political illegitimacy. With women implicated in Republican corruption, what role should Democratic women play in public campaigns?

66 THE POLITICAL C R U C I B L E OF THE CIVIL WAR 33 Republicans described their candidates as transformed by the moral influence of mothers, sisters, wives, and schoolteachers, in tribute to the maternal family ideal. "Virtuous wives and Christian mothers are the safeguards of the nation," proclaimed a Hayes biographer. " Several treatments of Hayes mentioned his admiration for his deceased sister, and one quoted the candidate's tribute to her: "I loved her as an only brother loves a sister who is perfect.

They invited women to meetings and praised their loyalty; Democratic women even formed campaign clubs, though not in numbers equal to those of Whigs. They, like Whig women, were most visible in areas where competition was fierce. 16 From the first, women's partisanship contained a potential invitation to share power. "I can remember political campaigns since the days of Jackson and Van Buren," an Iowa suffragist wrote in 1884. " Abigail Scott Duniway, later a prominent advocate of women's rights, made her maiden speech in 1840 at age six.

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