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Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940
by K. David Hanzlick
University of Missouri Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-8262-2162-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8262-7414-4
Library of Congress Classification HQ1438.K2H39 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.340978139

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
David Hanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

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