2001 Conference Papers

Proceedings of the Third Annual Gilder Lehrman Center International Conference at Yale University

Sisterhood and Slavery: Transatlantic Antislavery and Women’s Rights

October 25-28, 2001
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut


The Impact of Antislavery on European Feminism

Frauenemancipation and Beyond: The Use of the Concept of Emancipation by Early European Feminists

Bonnie Anderson, Broeklundian Professor of History, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Women’s Action and the Creation of Women’s Rights: Antislavery in Britain and France
Seymour Drescher, University Professor of History and Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Local Links and Global Networks

The Revival of Antislavery in the 1820s at the Local, National and Global Levels

Joshua Civin, Yale University Law School

American Responses to British Emancipation: The Problem of Progress
John Stauffer, Associate Professor of English, Harvard University

Women, Religion, and Transatlantic Antislavery

“That Peace Which Human Hands Cannot Rob Me Of”: Religious Themes in the Emergence of Women’s Rights Movement within Garrisonian Abolitionism, 1829-1939
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History, The State University of New York at Binghamton

A Greater Awakening: Women’s Intellect in the Transatlantic Abolitionist Movement, 1824-1834
Jennifer Rycenga, Associate Professor of Comparative Religious Studies, San Jose State University

Slavery and Women’s Rights

British Abolition and Feminism in Transatlantic Perspective

Clare Midgley, Senior Lecturer in History and Director, Research Centre for Gender Studies, London Guildhall University

How (and Why) the Analogy of Marriage with Slavery Provided the Springboard for Women’s Rights Demands in France
Karen Offen, Senior Scholar, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Stanford University

Stories of Emancipation

Origin Stories: Remapping First Wave Feminism
Nancy A. Hewitt, Professor of History, Rutgers University

Ernestine Rose and the Varieties of Euro-American Emancipation in 1848
Ellen Dubois, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Antislavery Travelers Abroad

Harriet Jacobs and the Transatlantic Movement
Jean Fagan Yellin, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita, Pace University

The Brewing of the American Storm: Harriet Martineau’s Transatlantic Abolitionism
Deborah Logan, Assistant Professor of English, Western Kentucky University