“Don’t Forget the Women”. Republican Principles Not Meant for Women. Mercy Otis Warren. Property Voting Like Abigail Adams, Mercy Warren questioned….
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Mercy Otis Warren
Like Abigail Adams, Mercy Warren questioned…
If peace and unanimity are cherished, and the equalization of liberty, and the equity and energy of law, maintained by harmony and justice, the present representative government may stand for ages a luminous monument of republican wisdom, virtue and integrity. The principles of the revolution ought ever to be the pole-star of the statesmen, respected by the rising generation; …The people may again be reminded that the elective franchise is in their own hands; that it ought not to be abused either for personal gratifications… This advantage should be improved, not only for the benefit of existing society, but with an eye to that fidelity which is due posterity.
“politics are too dirty”
Informed enough to vote?
& number of children
Religion reinforces Women’s role and value
Republican: All citizens educated
Economic: Reading, writing and math
Economic: Discipline and respect for outside authority
Andover Est. 1778
Abbot Academy est. 1828
Fact: Not until the 1830s and 1840s do American authors achieve professional identity and international prestige
Female authors become more numerous after 1840 though intellectual women often outcast