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Observations on the Real Rights of Women and Other Writings, Observations on the Real Rights of Women and Other Writings, 0803216157, 0-8032-1615-7, 978-0-8032-1615-0, 9780803216150, Hannah Mather Crocker Edited and with an introduction by Constance J. Post, Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, Observations on the Real Rights of Women and Other Writings, 0803235488, 0-8032-3548-8, 978-0-8032-3548-9, 9780803235489, Hannah Mather Crocker Edited and with an introduction by Constance J

Observations on the Real Rights of Women and Other Writings
Hannah Mather Crocker
Edited and with an introduction by Constance J. Post

paperback
2011. 340 pp.
2 tables
978-0-8032-1615-0
$35.00 s
 

Following in the path of her distinguished Puritan forebears, Hannah Mather Crocker used her skills as a writer primarily to persuade. Unlike those forebears, however, she did not begin her career as a published writer until well into middle age, after the death of her husband, Joseph Crocker, and after having raised ten children. The works collected here include previously unpublished poetry, drama, memoirs, sermons, and essays on American identity, education, and history, as well as the three texts published in her lifetime. This volume is named for her most famous work, Observations on the Real Rights of Women. Originally published in 1818, it is widely considered the first published treatise on women’s rights written by an American woman and serves as a rare example of women’s views of their own roles within the early American republic. This collection also mirrors the many changes that occurred in the United States during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, highlighting the shift in attitude toward women’s rights, education, and other reform movements as well as the American Revolution. Crocker’s writing provides a rare and valuable window into the concerns of women who embodied Enlightenment ideals during the years of the early republic.

Hannah Mather Crocker (1752–1829) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to minister Samuel Mather, son of the prominent author and minister Cotton Mather, and his wife, Hannah Hutchinson, sister of the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She published A Series of Letters on Free Masonry (1815), which she followed with The School of Reform, or Seaman’s Safe Pilot to the Cape of Good Hope (1816) and Observations on the Real Rights of Women (1818). Constance J. Post is an associate professor of English at Iowa State University and the author of Signs of the Times in Cotton Mather’s Paterna: A Study of Puritan Autobiography.

Publication of this volume was assisted by The Virginia Faulkner Fund, established in memory of Virginia Faulkner, editor in chief of the University of Nebraska Press.

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