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Outside InThe Transnational Circuitry of US History$
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Andrew Preston and Doug Rossinow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190459840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459840.001.0001

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A “Badge of Advanced Liberalism”

A “Badge of Advanced Liberalism”

Woman Suffrage at the High Tide of Anglo-American Reform

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(p.55) 3 A “Badge of Advanced Liberalism”
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Outside In
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Leslie A. Butler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459840.003.0004

This chapter examines the role played by John Stuart Mill’s Subjection of Women in shaping attitudes toward woman suffrage, a cause he claimed in 1865 was becoming a “badge of advanced liberalism” on both sides of the Atlantic. Mill was a well-known presence on the American intellectual landscape, his every utterance greeted with attention and respect. Yet, this chapter argues, while his 1869 women’s rights manifesto earned a hearing in circles well outside the women’s rights movement, its very success led many reviewers to express anxiety over the rate and scope of change at a moment of dramatic Anglo-American reform.

Keywords:   John Stuart Mill, suffrage, Subjection of Women, women’s rights, reform, Anglo-America

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