[2015] Kaylee Osborne (Schweiss Block 2): Women During the Civil War

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[2015] Kaylee Osborne (Schweiss Block 2): Women During the Civil War


EXHIBIT BThis is a photograph of Louisa May Alcott. Alcott was a prominent literary figure of the era. Her most famous work is Little Women. She also embodies the idea of women taking up new occupations. Many writers of her time and prior to were men.

EXHIBIT AThis is a photo of Belva Ann Lockwood. She was the first woman to be on presidential ballots and practice in the presence of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1884 and 1888, she appeared on the ballot for the National Equal Rights Party. This photo depicts the idea of women embracing new roles and occupations in society and abandoning the former Cult of Domesticity.

EXHIBIT EBelow is a photo of Dorothea Dix. She was a key figure in social reform. Dix was involved in the forefront of reform for the mentally ill. Prior to this movement, the mentally ill were housed with the likes of thieves, murderers, and other criminals. She believed this should end, and that they should be housed separately and receive the help they need. She was one of the few female reformers of her time.

EXHIBIT C"...And the man liveth not who could say to them nay;They would stand with you now, as they stood with you then,The nurses, consolers, and saviours of men."This is an excerpt from "The Women Who Went to the Field," a poem by Clara Barton. Barton depicts the role of women during the war, in this excerpt and throughout the poem. From nursing to being there for moral support, women exemplify new roles. EXHIBIT DTo the right is a photograph of Clara Barton. She brought medical supplies, food, water, and comfort to soldiers at the Battle of Antietam. Barton later created the American Red Cross. Not only does she show new roles of women in her poem, but she personifies the idea of women deserting the stereotypical places in society.

EXHIBIT FTo the left is a photograph of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton was a large proponent of women's right. She organized the Seneca Falls Convention with Lucretia Mott. This was the first women's rights convention. Stanton and Mott were tired of having their voices not be heard. The convention advocated social and civil liberties of women She was also an advocate of abolishing slavery. She was one of the first suffragists.


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