Party of Patriarchy: Democratic Gender Politics and the Coming of the Civil War
Haumesser, Lauren, History - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Varon, Elizabeth, Department of History, University of Virginia
This dissertation argues that in the 1850s, Democratic Party leaders played on gender conservatism to unite their members at a time when they were profoundly divided. The new Republican Party offered a progressive vision of women’s rights and antislavery. Northern and southern Democrats alike countered by insisting on patriarchy both as an institution and as a symbol of their opposition to antislavery. The strategy ultimately backfired: southerners came to believe they alone supported slavery and patriarchy, and that only secession would protect both.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Causes, Democratic Party (U.S.) — History — 19th Century, Sectionalism (United States) — History, United States — Politics and Government — 1815-1861
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