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Ronald Walters is a Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University with a special interest in radicalism, reform, race, and popular culture.

Women's Reform Movement

"Womans Rights" Sheet Music (1853)


Sheet music was popular in middle-class families and it sometimes addressed issues of the day. This 1853 song by a woman composer, Kate Horn, expresses a different view of Women's Rights from the Seneca Falls one. Minstrel shows, catering to a working-class white male audience, likewise featured parodies of Women's Rights advocates. The "Mrs. Oakwood Smith" in the dedication was a minstrel show character who did such parodies. What is the significance of the other dedication to Amelia Bloomer?


Horn, Kate. "Womans Rights..." Boston: Geo. P. Reed, 1853. Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, John Hopkins University. Accessed July 23, 2010.