A very dangerous woman: Martha Wright and women's rights
University of Massachusetts Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 315 pages
"A very dangerous woman" is what Martha Coffin Wright's conservative neighbors considered her, because of her work in the women's rights and abolition movements. In 1848, Wright and her older sister Lucretia Mott were among the five brave women who organized the historic Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. Wright remained a prominent figure in the women's movement until her death in 1875 at age sixty-eight, when she was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. At age twenty-six, she attended the 1833 founding of the American Anti-Slavery Society and later presided over numerous antislavery meetings, including two in 1861 that were disrupted by angry antiabolitionist mobs. Active in the Underground Railroad, she sheltered fugitive slaves and was a close friend and supporter of Harriet Tubman. In telling Wright's story, the authors make good use of her lively letters to her family, friends, and colleagues, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These letters reveal Wright's engaging wit and offer an insider's view of nineteenth-century reform and family life. Her correspondence with slaveholding relatives in the South grew increasingly contentious with the approach of the Civil War. One nephew became a hero of the Confederacy with his exploits at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and her son in the Union artillery was seriously wounded at Gettysburg while repelling Pickett's Charge. Wright's life never lacked for drama. She survived a shipwreck, spent time at a frontier fort, experienced the trauma of the deaths of a fiance, her first husband, and three of her seven children, and navigated intense conflicts within the women's rights and abolition movements.Throughout her tumultuous career, she drew on a reservoir of humor to promote her ideas and overcome the many challenges she faced. This accessible biography, written with the general reader in mind, does justice to her remark
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Martha Wright is one of the five women who planned and executed the first Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. The sister of Lucretia Mott and friends of Quakers Jane Hunt and Maryann M'Clintock she was a continuous presence in the suffrage movement. Written by descendents of Wright it outlines her experiences leading up to the convention and what she did after to press for the vote even though she lived in the small village of Auburn NY, between Seneca Falls on the west and Syracuse on the east. This is the only book I know of about Wright and it is worth reading.
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Martha Wright was, with her more famous sister, Lucretia Mott, among the five women who organized the first Woman's Rights Convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY. Wright remained active in the movement for the remainder of her life, balancing her reform work and family (which included seven children) with astonishing grace and humor. She enjoyed close friendships with many notable reformers, presided over numerous conventions, and eventually served as president of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. An ardent abolitionist, she also welcomed African American activists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass into her Auburn, NY, home, which was a station on the Underground Railroad. In this first book-length study of her remarkable life, Wright's strong but unpretentious personality jumps from the page in excerpts from her many letters. Her honesty and wit add zest to the now familiar stories of the antislavery and woman's rights movements, all of which is captured admirably by Penney (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) and Livingston (M.I.T.), a direct descendant of Wright. This very readable scholarly biography is appropriate for public and academic libraries.-Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville ...