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Alisse Theodore
Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

A Right to Speak: Constitutive Rhetorics, National Politics, and United States Women in the 1830s

This project introduces documents that compose women’s earliest collective, national political activism in the U. S. and uses this material to begin a study of the ways U.S. women were transformed into national political actors as a group for the first time. I examine women’s 1830s antiremoval and antislavery activism through the lens of rhetorical theory, seeking to account for the ways language calls groups into being; animates problems, situations, and world views; and finally, or concurrently, constitutes power and agency. As a study of transformative articulations of women’s political power, A Right to Speak recovers women’s history as it explores the ways language makes redistributions of power possible.