Garrisonian Abolitionists and the Rhetoric of Gender, 1850-1860

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Examines the Garrisonian abolitionists' use of the rhetoric of gender in their anti-slavery arguments in the United States between 1850 and 1860. Degenderization of slaves in the southern states; Slaves' representation of the ideals of manhood and womanhood as proof of essential humanity of the black people; Gender and political authority; Defects of the Garrisonian gender rhetoric.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-597
Number of pages40
JournalAmerican Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1993


  • men
  • women
  • abolitionism
  • slave women
  • gender roles
  • slave men
  • masculinity
  • white people


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