In Righteous Cause: Antislavery Women Define Identity, Freedom, Democracy

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. N.Anadolu-Okur - Temple University
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Boston's activist women staged a heroic battle against pro-slavery forces in the 1850s, and never overlooked the fact that their strength lies in their camaraderie and unity against men who support and maintain slavery. They trusted in moral and ethical laws, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and America's founding principles based upon freedom and democracy for all. They stood united and fearless before men and even some women; they fought for equality, emancipation, moral reform, and democracy to be re-instituted among men and women. This roundtable welcomes papers on women's leadership and gender with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the abolitionist movement. The session promotes, primarily, the significance of women’s writing, demonstrated in a variety of genres, including letters, memoirs, appeals and essays which fueled the war against slavery, under the impact of socio-political events, such as the Suffrage and Temperance movements. Antislavery activism was spearheaded by women’s anti-slavery societies incubated in and around Boston. Literary figures such as Frances E. W. Harper, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott, Sarah Moore Grimké, and Angelina Emily Grimké Weld were outspoken in defining women’s new roles. How their superior leadership, and sacrifices charted the route to be followed by American democracy need to be re-visited in order to address some of the current problems we experience in a “post-truth” era. Send 250-word abstracts to at your earliest convenience.