Maria W. Stewart: America's first Black feminist

Jennifer Anne Garcia, Florida International University

Abstract

Maria W. Stewart was the first American-born and the first African-American woman known to address a mixed audience, from 1831 to 1833, and publish her essays and speeches. The purpose of this thesis is to examine Maria W. Stewart's acts of defiance--as the first public representation of Black Feminism: demanding that white America end slavery and grant rights to black men and women, re-appropriating the hegemonic, patriarchal codes which have significant social power by exposing their inconsistencies and deconstructing their ideologies, voicing the truth about the status of African-American women in early nineteenth-century America, and challenging Black women to become entrepreneurs and (as she did) acquire an education, establish schools, and take an active role in their community. ^

Subject Area

Black Studies|History, Black|Women's Studies|Literature, American

Recommended Citation

Jennifer Anne Garcia, "Maria W. Stewart: America's first Black feminist" (January 1, 1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1390032.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1390032

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