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Out of the Shadows

Women and Politics in the French Revolution, 1789-95


Shirley Elson-Roessler

Named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1997 by CHOICE.
Out of the Shadows demonstrates the importance of the role of women in the French Revolution. It traces the growth of female political awareness and depicts the determination of women of the working class to participate in the life of the new nation despite their government's obstinate denial of the rights of citizenship. The author examines in detail the grassroots involvement of women in the affairs of the country right up until the avalanche of repressive legislation passed in the spring of 1795.