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"Not Man Enough": Gender and Democratic Campaign Tactics in the Election of 1856

Haumesser, Lauren
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Haumesser, Lauren
Advisor
Varon, Elizabeth
Abstract
This paper explores how Democratic Party newspapers and activists used ideas about gender---especially about an aggressive masculinity---to unite the northern and southern wings of the party in the election of 1856. Democrats linked their party with conservative gender roles and the protection of slavery, and they accused Republicans of supporting woman's rights and abolitionism. In 1856, northern and southern Democrats united against these radical "isms." But by using gender to delegitimate the Republican Party, Democrats opened a Pandora's box: southern Democrats would soon use gender to decry all northerners as radicals who could not be reasoned with.
Language
English
Date Received
20150505
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, MA (Master of Arts), 2015
Published Date
2015-04-30
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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