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The Rabbi's Atheist DaughterErnestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer$
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Bonnie S. Anderson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756247.001.0001

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A Radical in New York City

A Radical in New York City

(p.45) 3 A Radical in New York City
The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter

Bonnie S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 describes the Roses’ arrival in New York and how Ernestine rapidly began work for both feminism and free thought. In the winter of 1836/37, she carried a petition for married women’s property rights around lower Manhattan. The next summer, she began debating and lecturing before the Moral Philanthropists, New York’s free-thought organization. A few years later, she bore two children, whom she nursed, but who died young. In 1845, Owen visited New York, and she helped organize a free-thought convention where she suggested they embrace the name of Infidels. The Roses flirted with joining the Owenite commune of Skaneateles in upstate New York, but decided not to. Ernestine Rose began adding the cause of women’s equal rights to all her speeches.

Keywords:   Married Women’s Property Rights, Thomas Herttell, Moral Philanthropy, Robert Owen, Thomas Paine dinners, free thought, women’s rights, Skaneateles, equal rights, feminism

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