Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement

ISBN-10: 0195393333
ISBN-13: 9780195393330
Edition: 2009
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Description: In the quiet town of Seneca Falls, New York, over the course of two days in July, 1848, a small group of women and men, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, held a convention that would launch the women's rights movement and change the  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.20" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

In the quiet town of Seneca Falls, New York, over the course of two days in July, 1848, a small group of women and men, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, held a convention that would launch the women's rights movement and change the course of history. In Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement, Sally McMillen reveals, for the first time, the full significance of that revolutionary convention and the enormous changes it produced. The book covers 50 years of women's activism, from 1840 to 1890, focusing on four extraordinary figures--Mott, Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony. McMillen tells the stories of their lives, how they came to take up the cause of women's rights, the astonishing advances they made during their lifetimes, and the far-reaching effects of the work they did. At the convention they asserted full equality with men, argued for greater legal rights, greater professional and education opportunities, and the right to vote--ideas considered wildly radical at the time. Indeed, looking back at the convention two years later, Anthony called it "the grandest and greatest reform of all time." Pivotal Moments in American History [sidebar] "A fine history of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention...a well-written and cogent synthesis accessible to the general reader while remaining firmly grounded in primary sources." --Publishers Weekly "Sally McMillen weaves together compelling biographies of colorful leaders with an engaging analysis of the broader reform movements that transformed the texture and trajectory of American society. It is an extraordinary story of ideals and energies that continue to shape American life. In short, McMillen offers a learned and lucid overview of a movement that still moves us." --David Emory Shi, President of Furman University

Introduction
Separate Spheres: Law, Faith, Tradition
Fashioning a Better World
Seneca Falls
The Woman's Movement Begins, 1850 - 1860
War, Disillusionment, Division
Friction and Reunification, 1870 - 1890
Epilogue: ""Make the World Better""
Appendices
The 1848 Declaration of Rights and Sentiments
""Solitude of Self,"" Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Endnotes
Index
Acknowledgments

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