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

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

by Sherry H. Penney

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Their meticulous research provides a long-overdue biography of this 'founding mother,' revealing how, in her life, politics, religion, and social change came together to empower this birthright Quaker woman, living in the rapidly transforming region of upstate New York, to nurture and maintain her strong family networks while engaging abolitionism and women's rights.

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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 movement for the remainder of her life, balancing her reform work and family (which included seven children) with astonishing grace and humor. She enjoyed close friendships with many notable reformers, presided over numerous conventions, and eventually served as president of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. An ardent abolitionist, she also welcomed African American activists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass into her Auburn, NY, home, which was a station on the Underground Railroad. In this first book-length study of her remarkable life, Wright's strong but unpretentious personality jumps from the page in excerpts from her many letters. Her honesty and wit add zest to the now familiar stories of the antislavery and woman's rights movements, all of which is captured admirably by Penney (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) and Livingston (M.I.T.), a direct descendant of Wright. This very readable scholarly biography is appropriate for public and academic libraries.-Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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