Sarah R. Ingraham: "Editress" Advocate of Moral Reform (1835)
A short discussion of Sarah R. Ingraham's time as editor of the Advocate of Moral Reform. The site also contains a discussion of the activities of the members of the early American Female Moral Reform Society as well as their philosophy about the causes of prostitution.
John Humphrey Noyes: The Putney Community
A digitized version of a biography of John Humphrey Noyes compiled by George Wallingford Noyes and published in 1931. Includes in-depth discussion of the Putney Community.
"Reading Aright": White Slavery, Black Referents, and The Strategy of Histotextuality in Iola Leroy
This paper appears in the Yale Journal of Criticism (Fall 1997). The paper describes the goal of the New England Female Moral Reform Society as to protect innocent women from corrupt men as well as to reform "fallen" women who had lost respectability because of those unprincipled men. The author connects this goal with the argument of many African-Americans at the end of the nineteenth century that powerful white men acted as the destroyers of the virtue of African-American women. She argues that African-American women hoped that the shared analysis of male power would help them align with white feminists.
Angelina Grimké Weld (1805-1879) and Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873)
A teaching guide for the following works by the Grimkés: Angelina Grimké, Appeal to the Christian Women of the South; Angelina Grimké, Letters to Catharine Beecher; Sarah Grimké, Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, Addressed to Mary S. Parker, President of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.
Two Paths to Women's Equality: Temperence, Suffrage, and the Origins of Modern Feminism, by Janet Zollinger Giele
A digitized version of Chapter 2, "The Emergence of American Feminism, 1830-1870." In this chapter, Giele argues that had not religiously-based women's groups, including moral reform groups, "not spelled out the moral implications of woman's equality, the woman's rights groups could not have begun."
Advocate of Moral Reform
A Discussion of the origins and history of the Advocate of Moral Reform.