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Introduction Dale Bauer and Philip Gould Part I. Historical and Theoretical Backgrounds: 1. The post colonial culture of early American women's writing Rosemarie Zagarri 2. Women in public Dana Nelson 3. Antebellum politics and women's writing Stephanie Smith Part II. Genre, Tradition and Innovation: 4. Captivity and the literary imagination Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola 5. Nineteenth-century American women's poetry Elizabeth Petrino 6. Women at war Shirley Samuels 7. Women, anti-Catholicism, and narrative in nineteenth-century America Susan Griffin 8. Immigration and assimilation in nineteenth-century American women's writing Priscilla Wald Part III. Case Studies: 9. The uses of writing in Margaret Bayard Smith's New Nation Frederika Teute 10. The sentimental novel: the example of Harriet Beecher Stowe Gail Smith 11. African-American women's spiritual narratives Yolanda Pierce 12. The post-bellum writing of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Lisa Long 13. Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons Sandra Zagarell 14. Minnie's Sacrifice: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's narrative of citizenship Jasmine Griffin Conclusion Mary Kelley.