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Campus Only Senior Thesis


Best Senior Thesis in History

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Daniel Livesay

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This thesis evaluates the extent to which the Early Republic concept of republican motherhood stripped elite American women of the social, political, and legal rights available to them during the Colonial Era and the American Revolution. Through examining the philosophical basis of republican motherhood and the development of separate spheres of influence, it becomes clear that republican mothers experienced a constriction of opportunities rather than the achievements of liberties so often associated with the American Revolution. Regardless, republican motherhood provided an essential first step towards female citizenship and suffrage through systemizing a passive political role for women.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.