Virginia Festival of the Book, The Historic Struggle to Attain Gender and Civil Rights

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Equal Adulthood

Authors Melissa Blair (Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980), Corinne Field (The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America), and Lisa Tetrault (The Myth of Seneca Falls: memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898) share their studies of struggles for civil rights throughout American history. The work of these three scholars provides new perspectives on feminist and civil rights histories we may think we know, as well as expansive history on stories we’ve not yet heard.
Corinne (Cori) Field is a UVA faculty member in WGS and in History, and WGS Director of Undergraduate Programs, Her new book is The Struggle for Equal Adulthood:  Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).  In the book, Field argues that “to better understand the complicated question of what it means to be grown up and why maturity can be so difficult to achieve, we need to better appreciate the long history of political struggles for equal adulthood”.  Following the reading, there will be a reception that is open to all members of the audience.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
UVA Bookstore, 400 Emmet Street