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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User Review  - sallylou61 - LibraryThing

Although the subtitle refers to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Road to Seneca Falls is both a history of the 1848 Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, which started the 19th century/early 20th ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

What a fascinating account of the very long road to suffrage in our country! I was honestly floored by the prevailing ideas about the differences between the sexes in the mid 19th century. Even more ... Read full review


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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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