Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays

by Ellen Carol DuBois, Richard Candida Smith
     
 
More than one hundred years after her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton still stands-along with her close friend Susan B. Anthony-as the major icon of the struggle for women's suffrage. In spite of this celebrity, Stanton's intellectual contributions have been largely overshadowed by the focus on her political activities, and she is yet to be recognized as one of the

Overview

More than one hundred years after her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton still stands-along with her close friend Susan B. Anthony-as the major icon of the struggle for women's suffrage. In spite of this celebrity, Stanton's intellectual contributions have been largely overshadowed by the focus on her political activities, and she is yet to be recognized as one of the major thinkers of the nineteenth century.

Here, at long last, is a single volume exploring and presenting Stanton's thoughtful, original, lifelong inquiries into the nature and origins of women's subordination. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker juxtaposes a selection of Stanton's own writings, many of them previously unavailable, with eight original essays by prominent historians and social theorists interrogating Stanton's views on religion, marriage, race, the self, and community, and her place among leading nineteenth-century feminist thinkers. These essays and documents reveal the different facets, enduring insights, and fascinating contradictions of the work of one of the great thinkers of the feminist tradition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The editors are, therefore, successful in their aim: like her or not, Stanton’s ideas should be studied by any serious feminist, historian or student of democracy at large.”
-Feminist Review

“I picked up this book wondering what, if anything, even these formidable scholars could tell me about Elizabeth Cady Stanton that I hadn't already read. I put it down in awe—;with a new appreciation of Stanton’s brilliance, originality, and complexity as the intellectual genius behind the first wave of feminism. Her 19th century vision resonates for everyone in 21st century America.”
-Lynn Sherr,ABC News

“It is high time to respect Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a founding thinker and actor in the shaping of American society, politics, and ideas. This fascinating book enriches our understanding by giving us her own most eloquent words accompanied by the wise evaluations of some of our leading historians and writers.”
-Linda K. Kerber,author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

“The selected documents give a taste of Stanton’s often-contradictory ideas and successfully demonstrate how they evolved over time under the influence of contemporary intellectual movement. This work provides a solid basis for deeper investigations into Stanton’s role as a nineteenth-century feminist thinker.”
-Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719817
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“The selected documents give a taste of Stanton’s often-contradictory ideas and successfully demonstrate how they evolved over time under the influence of contemporary intellectual movement. This work provides a solid basis for deeper investigations into Stanton’s role as a nineteenth-century feminist thinker.”
-Choice

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“The editors are, therefore, successful in their aim: like her or not, Stanton’s ideas should be studied by any serious feminist, historian or student of democracy at large.”
-Feminist Review

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“It is high time to respect Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a founding thinker and actor in the shaping of American society, politics, and ideas. This fascinating book enriches our understanding by giving us her own most eloquent words accompanied by the wise evaluations of some of our leading historians and writers.”
-Linda K. Kerber,author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

“I picked up this book wondering what, if anything, even these formidable scholars could tell me about Elizabeth Cady Stanton that I hadn't already read. I put it down in awe—;with a new appreciation of Stanton’s brilliance, originality, and complexity as the intellectual genius behind the first wave of feminism. Her 19th century vision resonates for everyone in 21st century America.”
-Lynn Sherr,ABC News

Meet the Author

Ellen Carol DuBois is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights (also available from NYU Press) and Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Woman Suffrage.

Richard Cándida Smith is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as director of the Regional Oral History Office. He is the author of Utopia and Dissent: Art, Poetry, and Politics in California and Mallarmé’s Children: Symbolism and the Renewal of Experience.

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