The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman's Rights Convention

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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Feminists from 1848 to the present have rightly viewed the Seneca Falls convention as the birth of the women's rights movement in the United States and beyond. In The Road To Seneca Falls, Judith Wellman offers the first well documented, full-length account of this historic meeting in its contemporary context. The convention succeeded by uniting powerful elements of the antislavery movement, radical Quakers, and the campaign for legal reform under a common cause. Wellman shows that these three strands converged not only in Seneca Falls, but also in the life of women's rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It is this convergence, she argues, that foments one of the greatest rebellions of modern times. Rather than working heavy-handedly downward from their official "Declaration of Sentiments," Wellman works upward from richly detailed documentary evidence to construct a complex tapestry of causes that lay behind the convention, bringing the struggle to life. Her approach results in a satisfying combination of social, community, and reform history with individual and collective biographical elements. The Road to Seneca Falls challenges all of us to reflect on what it means to be an American trying to implement the belief that "all men and women are created equal," both then and now. A fascinating story in its own right, it is also a seminal piece of scholarship for anyone interested in history, politics, or gender.
  

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The 1848 Seneca Falls convention marked the birth of the women's rights movement, anti-slavery, fully documented. Wellman covers the Convention as well as the life of woman's rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Read full review

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I haven't read this whole book, but am citing it in an entry for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Motherhood essay I am writing. The few bits of this book I have read have been really good. It focuses ... Read full review

Contents

Growing Up 181535
17
Antislavery
36
Seneca Falls and Waterloo
65
Quaker Traditions in a Changing World
91
Abolitionist Ferment
121
Women and Legal Reform in New York State
135
Adversity and Transcendence June 1847June 1848
157
Declaring Womans Rights July 1848
183
The Road from Seneca Falls 18481982
209
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Judith Wellman is Professor Emerita from the State University of New York at Oswego and Director of Historical New York Research Associates.

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