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GMALL Presents: Consistent Democracy: The “Woman Question” and Self-Government in Nineteenth Century

June 24 @ 5:30pm-7:00pm


Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Dartmouth College Professor Leslie Butler to talk about the history of democracy in the United States. What did it mean that in the world’s first mass democracy only a minority ruled, with women – free and enslaved, white and Black, single and married – forming the largest group of people barred from full self-government in nineteenth-century America? This talk will explore how a range of observers and activists, thinkers and reformers at that time responded to – and questioned – these seeming anomalies. Drawing on her new book of the same title, published by Oxford University Press, 2023, Butler shows how women were central as Americans debated democracy’s exclusions and confronted their aspirations and anxieties about popular government. This talk will also be available via live stream. Registration is $22 per person. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

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