A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women's Rights (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 315 pages
1 Review
The first biography of a pioneering women's rights activist; 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. 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 remarkable life.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - book58lover - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women's Rights

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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 ... Read full review

Contents

THE REBEL PELHAMS
138
Governor Pelham
140
Gallant Pelham
144
Reconstructed Reb
148
THE LOYAL WRIGHTS
155
Stopping Picketts Charge
161
A Farmhouse at Gettysburg
164
Abolitionist Wedding
166

Extended Familv
42
Marianna Pelham
45
AUBURN
50
Underground Railroad
56
Murder and Madness
58
Infidelity and the Trammels of Sect
61
SENECA FALLS
67
The Second Tea Parry That Shook the World
71
SelfEvident Truths
74
Hints for Wives and Husbands
78
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
81
Visiting Lecturers
86
Natural Laws
92
THE CONVENTION CIRCUIT
98
Old Kentucky Howe
103
Madame President
109
TOWARD DISUNION
117
No Union with Slaveholders
122
Freedom of the Platform
126
Fugitives Mobs and War
131
AFTERMATH
171
Harriet Tubman
174
The Negros Hour
176
The Split
180
FREE PLATFORM FREE LOVE FREE LUST
186
Victoria Woodhull
191
Place of Death
196
FINAL YEARS
200
Postwar Politics
203
Boston and Florida
209
New York and Auburn
213
Christmas with the Garrisons
215
MARTHA COFFIN PELHAM WRIGHT
220
Dangerous Martha
225
Family of Martha Coffin Wright 18061875
233
Notes
237
Bibliography
291
Index
305
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Sherry H. Penney is former chancellor and currently holder of the Sherry H. Penney Professorship of Leadership in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

James D. Livingston is a former physicist at GE and lecturer at MIT, and the author of Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets.

Bibliographic information