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Advancing Women's Causes

Alexander Tsesis

in For Liberty and Equality

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379693
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.003.0012
Advancing Women's Causes

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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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