Based on meticulous and original archival research, this study definitively shows that despite contemporary woman's sphere prescriptions advising them to stay out of public affairs, a number of New England women in the antebellum era amply demonstrated political consciousness and proffered partisan opinions with little social reprobation for having overstepped their proper role. Voices without Votes rescues the voices of these women who, though barred from voting, nevertheless thought and acted in a deeply political manner. This long-awaited volume offers a startling counter to the traditional view that antebellum politics was solely a man's world.
RONALD J. ZBORAY is Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. MARY SARACINO ZBORAY is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh. They have collaborated on and published numerous books and articles.