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Women's Education in the United States, 1780-1840

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Margaret Nash's groundbreaking Women's Education in the United States, 1780-1840 examines education from the early national period through the formation of the institutions that are widely recognized as the forerunners of the women's college movement. Nash argues that in this period education was not as strongly gendered as other historians have posited. The rising rhetori ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Ioana
Jul 02, 2015 Ioana rated it really liked it
This work is a fairly comprehensive treatment of educational institutions in the US in the early national and antebellum period. Nash argues that during this period, opportunities for (white, middle-upper class women) increased dramatically, but that this increase did not correlate to improved opportunities for women in other arenas (i.e., political, economic power).

Support for women's education came from many angles: the Lockians of the Enlightenment believed women's minds were tabula rasa, as
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Anne
Jun 19, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Decent read on a rare subject. Nash points out many times that there was a positive prevalence of society to have women as educated and learned as men.
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