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Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions$
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Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.001.0001

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Helen Maria Williams (1762–1827)

Helen Maria Williams (1762–1827)

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(p.312) Fifty-Three Helen Maria Williams (1762–1827)
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Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions
Author(s):
Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, Caroline Wigginton
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0054

Helen Maria Williams was a British writer who experienced the events of the French Revolution firsthand, having lived in Paris since the early 1790s, and witnessed the Revolution’s later years. A staunch advocate of Republican progressivism, Williams published numerous books about her experiences and observations that influenced both English and American readers. Her writings focus on heroic Republican women and highlight women’s important role in the violent struggle for liberty. In 1795, she wrote Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France, in which she recounts Charlotte Corday’s assassination of the Jacobin Jean-Paul Marat. This chapter features Williams’s Letters.

Keywords:   women, liberty, assassination, Helen Maria Williams, French Revolution, Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France, Charlotte Corday, Jean-Paul Marat

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