by Betsey Blanche
This site intends to examine the role of women and the beginning of
feminism* by examining the views of the institution of marriage in the
1790s. By showing the time's opinions of this one issue, the project will
also address the roles of religion, education, slavery and revolution. I
have chosen four 1790s texts, both from the United States and England,
which address marriage in the context of the time and which
show the author's theoretical beliefs on the institution.
Relevant Bibliography Entries
Other Relevant Authors of the 1790s
*It should be noted that using the word 'feminism' in reference to the 1790s is technically anachronistic. The word was
first used in the late 1800s and originated from the French. However, it is accurate to say that these authors laid the
groundwork for modern feminism.
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