Date of Award
Doctor of Arts (DA)
This paper assesses the role women played in organizing and maintaining anti-Catholic nativist movements between 1830–1930. It analyzes women's motivations for joining nativist sororities and describes the activities they participated in. It pays special attention to women involved in antebellum nativist sororities, late nineteenth century nativist sororities, and the Women of the Ku Klux Klan. It looks at how nativist women used the concepts of Republican Motherhood, woman's moral superiority, and woman's innate patriotism to justify their activities and campaign for woman suffrage.
Lovercheck-Saunders, Tanis, "Our Duty, Our Rights, Our America: Women in American Nativism 1830 - 1930" (2001). Theses and Dissertations. 915.