March 7, 2017

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon: Feminist, Artist and Rebel by Pamela Hirsch

By Pamela Hirsch

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon used to be the main unconventional and influential chief of the Victorian women's circulation. greatly proficient, full of life and unique, she was once a feminist, law-reformer, painter, journalist, the shut buddy of George Eliot and a cousin of Florence Nightingale.

As a painter, Barbara is now recognized as a necessary determine between Pre-Raphaelite girls artists. As a feminist she led 4 nice campaigns: for married women's criminal prestige, for the perfect to paintings, the fitting to vote and to schooling.

Making really good use of unpublished journals and letters, Pam Hirsch has written a biography that's as energetic and strong as its topic, recreating the girl in all her moods, and putting her firmly within the context of women's fight for equality.

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Only White Americans can shed their racial and ethnic identities to stand for the generalized national citizen. Only White Americans can be full, ‘‘red-blooded’’ Americans. Representing the epitome of racial purity that is also associated with American national interests, Whites constitute the most valuable citizens. In contrast, racial/ethnic groups remain tainted with the stigma of representing particularism, backwardness, childishness, and special interests. In this racialized nation-state, racial/ethnic groups negotiate a fluid landscape of ethnic meanings that are tightly bundled to American understandings of race.

Eschewing the empty Whiteness of an assimilation Like One of the Family 47 process that erases ethnicity to become White, many White Americans now claim multiple ethnicities. 26 Yet this optional ethnicity masks the power of Whiteness to define citizenship. Only White Americans can shed their racial and ethnic identities to stand for the generalized national citizen. Only White Americans can be full, ‘‘red-blooded’’ Americans. Representing the epitome of racial purity that is also associated with American national interests, Whites constitute the most valuable citizens.

The multiple meanings attached to the concept of home—home as family household and home as neighborhood— also speak to the significance of family in regulating the property relations that are so central to racial hierarchy. Within the logic of the American family ideal, the ideal home is a single-family dwelling in a nice neighborhood where property values will appreciate over time. The family home is the family investment. However, when combined with ideas about family that view White, native, and Black families as the building blocks of different races, what appears to be a relatively benign idea about the family home emerges as a fundamental mechanism for reproducing race and class hierarchies.

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