Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Feb 11, 2008 - Social Science - 322 pages
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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."
  

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User Review  - Lauren Groseclose - Goodreads

Great insight into the lives of women who dedicated their lives to this movement! Read full review

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User Review  - Debra - Goodreads

Mainly a gloss of nineteenth century American femininism, actually very little about Seneca Falls. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Law Faith Tradition
9
2 Fashioning a Better World
35
3 Seneca Falls
71
4 The Womens Movement Begins 18501860
104
5 War Disillusionment Division
149
6 Friction and Reunification 18701890
185
Make the World Better
229
Declaration of Rights and Sentiments
237
Solitude of Self
242
Notes
251
Acknowledgments
296
Index
298
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About the author (2008)

Sally McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History and Department Chair at Davidson College. She is the author of Motherhood in the Old South and Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South. She lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

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