Dr. Poulson presents on “Divorce & Women’s Rights” in the Hoosier State


On February 20th, Dr. Susan Poulson presented a paper entitled, “Divorce & Women’s Rights: Robert Dale Owen, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Horace Greeley” at the Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1860, Greeley, an influential newspaper editor, engaged reformer Robert Dale Owen in a public debate on the merits of divorce. Owen favored liberal divorce while Greeley feared that social decay would follow. Stanton engaged in the fray, adding a women’s rights perspective on the issue. Dr. Poulson is grateful for the University Intersession Grant that enabled her to travel to Indiana and Kentucky to do research for the paper.

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