Republican Maidens Bibliography

Query From Doris Malkmus 04 May 1998

I am intrigued by the numerous occasions when young ladies in white muslin dresses march through the streets in the early republic, going to school exhibitions, greeting Lafayette, and possibly on other public holidays. Has anyone researched if this is a continuation of eighteenth-century custom or represents an original display of youth and women as icons of the republic? I find few references to matron in public, but young ladies seem to enjoy a privilege to speak in public exhibitions, speak at academy plays, and tender honor to political figures.


Bloch, Ruth "The Gendered Meanings of Virtue in Revolutionary America," _Signs_, 1987.

Epstein, James "Understanding the Cap of Liberty," _Past and Present_, Vol. 122

Gatrell, V.A.C. _The Hanging Tree_

Hunt, Lynn _Politics, Culture and Class in the French Revolution_(Berkeley, 1984).

Landes, Joan B. _women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution_ (Ithaca: 1988).

Ryan, Mary _Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots_(1990)