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American women in civic work, by Helen Christine Bennett, with portraits. is a high quality paperback publication of a historical work on women's suffrage and is a popular title among those researching the historical suffrage movement in the United States
Originally published 1916.: Access to the digital version of this title and other related titles can be found on HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History) at http://hearth.library.cornell.edu, an electronic collection of core historical titles on home economics. A full list of Cornell University Library's digital collections can be found at http://www.library.cornell.edu.
"During the second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 70s a popular slogan was "not the church, not the state, women shall decide their fate". Matilda Joslyn Gage would have approved. Vehemently anti-clerical, Women, Church and State was one of the first books to draw the conclusion that Christianity is a primary impediment to the progress of women, as well as civilization. Then, as now, religious doctrine was used as a justification for the dehumanization of women, depriving them of civil, human, economic and political rights, even denying them the right to worship alongside men. Gage reviews extensive evidence of this complex. From a 21st Century perspective it is both astounding how far we have progressed, and dismaying how little has changed.Gage was one of the first writers to emphasize the ancient Matriarchy and the witch trials as key episodes of women's history. Her statement that nine million people were killed during the witch trials has been widely quoted; more recent estimates range from 50 to 100 thousand, which does not lessen the horror. " (Quote from sacred-texts.com)About the Author "Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage (b. 1826, Cicero, New York - d. 1898, Chicago, Illinois) was a suffragist, a Native American activist, an abolitionist, a freethinker, and a prolific author, who was "born with a hatred of oppression". Although born in Cicero, New York, Gage maintained residence in nearby Fayetteville, New York for the majority of her life. She is interred at Fayetteville Cemetery." (Quote from wikipedia.org)Table of Contents Publisher's Preface; Preface; The Matriarchate; Celibacy; Canon Law; Marquette; Witchcraft; Wives; Polygamy; Woman And Work; The Church Of To-day; Past, Present, Future; EndnotesAbout the Publisher