Mrs. Stanton's Bible

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Cornell University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

Mrs. Stanton's Bible traces the impact of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's religious dissent on the suffrage movement at the turn of the century and presents the first book-length reading of her radical text, the Woman's Bible. Stanton is best remembered for organizing the Seneca Falls convention at which she first called for women's right to vote. Yet she spent the last two decades of her life working for another cause: women's liberation from religious oppression. Stanton came to believe that political enfranchisement was meaningless without the systematic dismantling of the church's stifling authority over women's lives.

In 1895, she collaboratively authored this biblical exegesis, just as the women's movement was becoming more conservative. Stanton found herself arguing not only against male clergy members but also against devout female suffragists. Kathi Kern demonstrates that the Woman's Bible itself played a fundamental role in the movement's new conservatism because it sparked Stanton's censure and the elimination of her fellow radicals from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Mrs. Stanton's Bible dramatically portrays this crucial chapter of women's history and facilitates the understanding of one of the movement's most controversial texts.

 

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No longer able to accept "the theological view of woman as the author of sin, cursed by God, and all that nonsense," suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) published the Woman's Bible (1895), a ... Read full review

Contents

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the 1890s
36
New Religions New Bibles
50
Robert Green Ingersoll
65
The Reverend Thomas DeWitt Talmadge
74
Religion Race and the Transformation
92
Delegates to the International Council of Women 18
105
American Woman and Her Political Peers postcard
113
The Revising
135
Clara Colby
143
Responses to the Womans
172
The Apotheosis of Liberty cartoon
186
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
218
List of Archival Abbreviations
223
Index
273
Copyright

Frances Willard
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Kathi Kern is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.

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