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Doris Weatherford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060606

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060606.001.0001

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Women’s Lives Expand, 1881–1900

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They Dared to Dream

Doris Weatherford

University Press of Florida

This chapter recounts changes regarding the history of women in the aftermath of the American Civil War. In both the North and South, the Civil War and its aftermath forced women to develop greater independence. The most important of the late nineteenth-century changes, though, was the development of clubs and organizations for and by women. America's first organizations composed of women were missionary societies. Formed under the aegis of Protestant clergymen, they supplied the clergy's needs. The first organizations for southern women were mainly memorial associations that arose after the Civil War. Dedicated to maintaining cemeteries for fallen soldiers, they often used “relief” in their names because they also aided disabled veterans, war widows, and children orphaned by the war. A tiny minority of northern women had gone further with women's rights societies that evolved into national suffrage associations with the aim of attaining full civil rights for women.

Keywords:   American Civil War, women's organizations, missionary societies, women's rights societies, women's civil rights

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