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For Liberty and EqualityThe Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence$
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Alexander Tsesis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.001.0001

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Advancing Women's Causes

Advancing Women's Causes

(p.215) 12 Advancing Women's Causes
For Liberty and Equality

Alexander Tsesis

Oxford University Press

Changes to the racial status quo occurred alongside an evolving understanding of women's rights. As they had from the inception of the women's rights movement, during the early decades of the nineteenth century activists of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era often looked to the Declaration of Independence to buttress their political message. Although the Reconstruction Amendments provided the national government with added power to make the Declaration's promise of self-government a reality, after the Civil War women's political rights trailed far behind men's.

Keywords:   Declaration of Independence, women's rights movement, self-government, political rights

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