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Well-Tempered Women: Nineteenth-Century Temperance Rhetoric (Hardback)
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Well-Tempered Women: Nineteenth-Century Temperance Rhetoric (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 31/12/1998
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In this Illustrated Study, Carol Mattingly examines the rhetoric of the temperance movement, the largest political movement of women in the nineteenth century. Tapping previously unexplored sources, Mattingly uncovers new voices and different perspectives, thus greatly expanding our knowledge of temperance women in particular and of nineteenth-century women and women's rhetoric in general. Her scope is broad: she looks at temperance fiction, newspaper accounts of meetings and speeches, autobiographical and biographical accounts, and minutes of national and state temperance meetings. Examining the choices these women made in their efforts to better conditions for women, Mattingly looks first at oral rhetoric among nineteenth-century temperance women. She examines the early temperance speeches of activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who later chose to concentrate their effort in the suffrage organizations, and those who continued to work on behalf of women primarily through the temperance topic, such as Amelia Bloomer and Clarina Howard Nichols. Finally, she examines the rhetoric of members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union - the largest organization of women in the nineteenth century.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809322091
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
" With rare common sense and a good ear for the written and spoken word, Mattingly shows how temperance women built the nineteenth century' s largest reform movement and women' s organization, the Woman' s Christian Temperance Union, by presenting their arguments and themselves in familiar language and dress... . Mattingly rediscovers the rhetorical roots of temperance reform and offers new readings of women' s literature and public performance. Highly recommended." -- "Library Journal"

" The speeches made by women who participated in the Woman' s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) provide a vivid picture of how nineteenth-century women used rhetoric to present their dissatisfaction with the law and the lack of rights granted to women at the time... . A valuable contribution to the discipline of [American] literature, in particular to rhetoric and women' s studies, the volume is informative and highly recommended for undergraduates and graduate students. An excellent addition to scholarly literature." -- "Choice"

"The speeches made by women who participated in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) provide a vivid picture of how nineteenth-century women used rhetoric to present their dissatisfaction with the law and the lack of rights granted to women at the time.... A valuable contribution to the discipline of [American] literature, in particular to rhetoric and women's studies, the volume is informative and highly recommended for undergraduates and graduate students. An excellent addition to scholarly literature."--"Choice "


"With rare common sense and a good ear for the written and spoken word, Mattingly shows how temperance women built the nineteenth century's largest reform movement and women's organization, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, by presenting their arguments and themselves in familiar language and dress.... Mattingly rediscovers the rhetorical roots of temperance reform and offers new readings of women's literature and public performance. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal "


The speeches made by women who participated in the Woman s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) provide a vivid picture of how nineteenth-century women used rhetoric to present their dissatisfaction with the law and the lack of rights granted to women at the time. A valuable contribution to the discipline of [American] literature, in particular to rhetoric and women s studies, the volume is informative and highly recommended for undergraduates and graduate students. An excellent addition to scholarly literature. "Choice ""


With rare common sense and a good ear for the written and spoken word, Mattingly shows how temperance women built the nineteenth century s largest reform movement and women s organization, the Woman s Christian Temperance Union, by presenting their arguments and themselves in familiar language and dress. Mattingly rediscovers the rhetorical roots of temperance reform and offers new readings of women s literature and public performance. Highly recommended. "Library Journal ""


"I am pleased to have this excellent book-length exploration of the rhetoric of nineteenth-century temperance women to rely on. Given the continuing dearth of such in-depth studies of women's rhetoric, I am confident that other scholars will greet this work as enthusiastically as I have. Particularly noteworthy about the WCTU activists whom Professor Mattingly chronicles is their attention not only to defending women's right to speak but also to providing practical instruction in how to do so."Patricia Bizzell, College of the Holy Cross

"This study contributes new voices and perspectives to our histories of women. Mattingly shows that the women of the temperance movement were smart, politically savvy, and reasonable, considering their conditions at the time. Most significantly, she shows how they used their intelligence to solve their problems through social action, using a network of education and organization of an astonishing magnitude."Catherine Hobbs, University of Oklahoma"


"The speeches made by women who participated in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) provide a vivid picture of how nineteenth-century women used rhetoric to present their dissatisfaction with the law and the lack of rights granted to women at the time.... A valuable contribution to the discipline of [American] literature, in particular to rhetoric and women's studies, the volume is informative and highly recommended for undergraduates and graduate students. An excellent addition to scholarly literature."--Choice
"With rare common sense and a good ear for the written and spoken word, Mattingly shows how temperance women built the nineteenth century's largest reform movement and women's organization, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, by presenting their arguments and themselves in familiar language and dress.... Mattingly rediscovers the rhetorical roots of temperance reform and offers new readings of women's literature and public performance. Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"I am pleased to have this excellent book-length exploration of the rhetoric of nineteenth-century temperance women to rely on. Given the continuing dearth of such in-depth studies of women's rhetoric, I am confident that other scholars will greet this work as enthusiastically as I have. Particularly noteworthy about the WCTU activists whom Professor Mattingly chronicles is their attention not only to defending women's right to speak but also to providing practical instruction in how to do so."--Patricia Bizzell, College of the Holy Cross "This study contributes new voices and perspectives to our histories of women. Mattingly shows that the women of the temperance movement were smart, politically savvy, and reasonable, considering their conditions at the time. Most significantly, she shows how they used their intelligence to solve their problems through social action, using a network of education and organization of an astonishing magnitude."--Catherine Hobbs, University of Oklahoma

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