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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 Minority of One

A Minority of One

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The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter

Bonnie S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

Beginning at the radical Free Convention in Vermont, 1858, this chapter shows how Ernestine Rose was both an insider and an outsider in women’s rights because of her atheism. It describes her and William’s trip to Europe in 1856, where she made contact with the English reformers William and Mary Howitt, Barbara Leigh Smith, Eliza Fox and Bessie Rayner Parkes, and the French feminists Jenny P. d’Héricourt and Jeanne Deroin. It describes Rose’s internationalist concerns in the late 1850s, her belief in “Disunion” (that the North should break with the slave-holding South), and concludes by showing how the looming Civil War eroded the women’s movement.

Keywords:   Jenny P. d’Héricourt, Barbara Leigh Smith, Bessie Rayner Parkes, Free Convention, Disunion, women’s rights, women’s movement, internationalism, anti-slavery, feminism

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