Lucretia Mott's Heresy: Abolition and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America

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University of Pennsylvania Press, May 10, 2011 - History - 312 pages
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Lucretia Coffin Mott was one of the most famous and controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Now overshadowed by abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison and feminists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mott was viewed in her time as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial and sexual equality. History has often depicted her as a gentle Quaker lady and a mother figure, but her outspoken challenges to authority riled ministers, journalists, politicians, urban mobs, and her fellow Quakers.

In the first biography of Mott in a generation, historian Carol Faulkner reveals the motivations of this radical egalitarian from Nantucket. Mott's deep faith and ties to the Society of Friends do not fully explain her activism—her roots in post-Revolutionary New England also shaped her views on slavery, patriarchy, and the church, as well as her expansive interests in peace, temperance, prison reform, religious freedom, and Native American rights. While Mott was known as the "moving spirit" of the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, her commitment to women's rights never trumped her support for abolition or racial equality. She envisioned women's rights not as a new and separate movement but rather as an extension of the universal principles of liberty and equality. Mott was among the first white Americans to call for an immediate end to slavery. Her long-term collaboration with white and black women in the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society was remarkable by any standards. Lucretia Mott's Heresy reintroduces readers to an amazing woman whose work and ideas inspired the transformation of American society.


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User Review  - book58lover - LibraryThing

An absolutely fabulous biography of the 19th century Quaker radical, Lucretia Mott. I was aware of Mott through her participation at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in 1848 and thought I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzannepalmieri - LibraryThing

Clever, entertaining, and eye opening. Carol Faulkner has recreated a time and place that all women should re-investigate. I'm a history buff, so I LOVED THIS. And for my fellow authors who may be writing about women during this time period, this is a must read. Well done, Carol! Read full review


Heretic and Saint
1 Nantucket
2 Nine Partners
3 Schism
4 Immediate Abolition
5 Pennsylvania Hall
6 Abroad
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9 Conventions
10 Fugitives
11 Civil War
12 Peace

7 Crisis
8 The Year 1848

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About the author (2011)

Carol Faulkner is Associate Professor of History at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and author of Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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