Author Archives: Ana Stevenson

About Ana Stevenson

Ana Stevenson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Her research examines the historical development of feminist rhetoric in transnational social movements from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Her research appears or is forthcoming in journals such as Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, Cultural & Social History, Critical Studies in Television, Camera Obscura, and the Pacific Historical Review.

The “Great Doctrine of Human Rights”: Articulation and Authentication in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. Antislavery and Women’s Rights Movements

Angelina Grimké, the abolitionist and women’s rights reformer from South Carolina, faced a paradox in 1837. Having recently embarked on a successful antislavery speaking tour with her sister Sarah, both women had been derided for addressing audiences of women and men. The sisters’ gradual awakening to the tenets of antislavery—influenced by their earlier experiences on the Grimké family plantation, combined with years of personal anxiety in the face of the restrictive separate spheres ideology—led them to find equivalences between abolitionism and women’s rights. To justify Continue reading → Continue reading →