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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer$
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Matthew J. Grow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300136104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300136104.001.0001

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Reforming Marriage

Reforming Marriage

(p.128) 8 Reforming Marriage
"Liberty to the Downtrodden"

Matthew J. Grow

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the marriage reform campaign of Thomas L. Kane. It explains that Kane and his wife Elizabeth envisioned a society based on gender equality and sought to advance women's education and to reform the institution of marriage itself. It suggests that Kane's efforts to address issues of gender and class reinforced his reform sensibilities and contends that the Kanes appeared to have implemented or promoted Elizabeth's theory of women's rights, marital sexuality, and childbearing after the birth of their child Elisha in 1856.

Keywords:   Thomas L. Kane, marriage reform, Elizabeth Kane, gender equality, women's education, reform sensibilities, women's rights, marital sexuality

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