Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences, 1815-1897

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences, 1815-1897

by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
     
 

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This autobiography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is in many ways also the story of the women's rights movement in the nineteenth century. Stanton devoted her life to the cause of advancing the political, legal, and social standing of women, and she became its most eloquent spokesperson. Whereas Susan B. Anthony, her "steadfast friend for half a century," had a gift for

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This autobiography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is in many ways also the story of the women's rights movement in the nineteenth century. Stanton devoted her life to the cause of advancing the political, legal, and social standing of women, and she became its most eloquent spokesperson. Whereas Susan B. Anthony, her "steadfast friend for half a century," had a gift for organizing and mobilizing women to take action, Stanton's talent was for publicizing the key issues of the movement and speech writing. This talent is evident on every page of this autobiography, which records as much about the cause that was her life's work as it does about her personal reminiscences.

Here she vividly describes the momentous occasion of organizing the Seneca Falls Convention in the summer of 1848, her first speech before the New York State legislature, the preparation and delivery (by Susan B. Anthony) of the Woman's Declaration of Rights at the national centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1876, writing the History of Woman Suffrage and The Woman's Bible, plus her views on theology, marriage, and divorce, as well as reminiscences of her parents, husband, and seven children. Two chapters are devoted to Susan B. Anthony, and there are many anecdotes about Lucretia Mott, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and other leading feminists of the day.

This fascinating account of history in the making conveys the amazing commitment of all of these pioneering women's rights advocates, against the indifference and derision of what seemed to be a hopelessly patriarchal society. Through it all Stanton displays an unflagging, exuberant optimism and the determination that the noble goal to which she dedicated her life would someday be accomplished.

This unabridged edition is enhanced by an introduction by Denise M. Marshall, trustee of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation.

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<:st>Orator and journalist Cady (1815-1902) campaigned for legal, political, and industrial equality for women and liberal divorce laws. She was one of the initiators of the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and worked with such others as Susan B. Anthony, Parker Pillsbury, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. Her memoir was published in 1898 by European Publishing Company, New York. This title is cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591020097
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Classics in Women's Studies Series
Edition description:
UNABRIDGED
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.00(d)

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