Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President / Edition 1

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In Belva Lockwood, prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts, for the first time, the life story of one of the nineteenth century's most surprising and accomplished advocates for women's rights.

About the Author:
Jill Norgren is Professor Emerita of Government at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“For those interested in U.S. women’s history or the nineteenth-century practice of law, Norgen’s work is a must.”-Law and History Review

“Norgren eloquently and succinctly educates the reader on the story of the first woman to ever be allowed to argue before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the first woman to ever launch two full scale bids for this country’s presidency . . . Norgren’s writing is engaging and her narrative is accessible yet rich with fact.”-Feminist Review

Library Journal

Astonishingly, this is the first scholarly biography of 19th-century activist Belva Lockwood. Lawyer, lobbyist, wife, mother, and contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lockwood was among the most formidable of equal rights advocates. The first female lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the relentlessly ambitious Lockwood ran for the U.S. presidency in 1884 and 1888 on the Equal Rights Party ticket. Although she received no electoral votes, she campaigned on a comprehensive platform that addressed domestic and foreign policy issues. Later she concentrated on her work for the Universal Peace Union and her Washington, DC, legal practice while maintaining a demanding public-speaking schedule. Her life was never easy, as she constantly fought to surmount political and legal barriers and to support her family. Although few of Lockwood's papers have survived, Norgren (government, emerita, John Jay Coll. & Graduate Ctr., CUNY) has delivered an able and long overdue study of Lockwood's life, drawing on newspapers, magazines, organizational records, and the papers of Lockwood's contemporaries. Though the book emphasizes Lockwood's career, the inclusion of information on her family and friends gives added dimension. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries; essential for women's history collections.
—Linda V. Carlisle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814758519
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 706,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Norgren is Professor Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College, and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She is the award winning author of many articles and books, including Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President (NYU Press, 2007); The Cherokee Cases; and American Cultural Pluralism and Law (with Serena Nanda).

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg     ix
Prologue and Acknowledgments     xiii
Early a Widow     1
In Search of a New Identity     14
Apprenticeship     27
Becoming a Lawyer     40
Notorious Ladies     53
A Tougher Fight     67
Woman Lawyer     84
The Practice of Law     98
Lady Lobbyist     110
Lockwood for President     124
Life on the Platform     143
Lay Down Your Arms!     155
The Power of Association     169
Pushing for Place     182
A World's Fair and a Million-Dollar Case     194
Aging Soldiers of Cause     212
Epilogue     228
Notes     233
Index     291
About the Author     311

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