Forgotten Feminisms: An Appeal Against ‘Domestic Despotism’

In 1825, William Thompson, a socialist economist, and Anna Doyle Wheeler, a writer and speaker on women’s rights, published a book-length tract with a title that is so strongly worded—Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretension of the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery—that the modern reader may feel the need to flip back and check the publication date. And yet, hardly anyone reads the Appeal anymore. How could that be?

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