Should 19th century women speak publicly and about women’s rights?
In this inquiry, students explore the prolific writing about the Cult of True Womanhood by 19th century authors. Their vision for women was one of submission, modesty, humility, and domesticity... but was the literature reflective of real women? Of the women writers, were they models of this vision? Students will examine documents by Theodore Weld, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, and Catherine Beecher.