Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays / Edition 1

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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, origins, range, and solutions of women’s subordination. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker reintroduces, contextualizes, and critiques Stanton’s numerous contributions to modern thought. It 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 such pressing social issues as religion, marriage, race, the self and community, and her place among leading nineteenth century feminist thinkers. Taken together, 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.

Contributors: Barbara Caine, Richard Cándida Smith, Ellen Carol DuBois, Ann D. Gordon, Vivian Gornick, Kathi Kern, Michele Mitchell, and Christine Stansell.

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“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.”
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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.”
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814719824
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   Ellen Carol DuBois   Richard Candida Smith     1
The Essays
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Long View   Vivian Gornick     17
Missed Connections: Abolitionist Feminism in the Nineteenth Century   Christine Stansell     32
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Stuart Mill, and the Nature of Feminist Thought   Barbara Caine     50
Stanton on Self and Community   Richard Candida Smith     66
"The Pivot of the Marriage Relation": Stanton's Analysis of Women's Subordination in Marriage   Ellen Carol DuBois     82
"Free Woman Is a Divine Being, the Savior of Mankind": Stanton's Exploration of Religion and Gender   Kathi Kern     93
Stanton and the Right to Vote: On Account of Race or Sex   Ann D. Gordon     111
"Lower Orders," Racial Hierarchies, and Rights Rhetoric: Evolutionary Echoes in Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Thought during the Late 1860s   Michele Mitchell     128
A Selection of Speeches, Articles, and Essays by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1854-1901
"Address to the Legislature of New York, Albany, February 14, 1854"     155
"Address to the Legislature on Women's Right of Suffrage, Albany, February 18, 1860"     170
"Address to the Tenth National Women's Rights Convention on Marriageand Divorce, New York City, May 11, 1860"     179
"Address to Anniversary of American Equal Rights Association, May 12,1869, New York City"     187
"Subjection of Women" (1875)     206
"National Protection for National Citizens, Address to the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, January 11, 1878, Washington, D.C."     219
"The Other Side of the Woman Question" (1879)     235
"Has Christianity Benefited Woman?" (1885)     243
"Divorce versus Domestic Warfare" (1890)     254
"The Matriarchate, or Mother-Age" (1891)     264
"Worship of God in Man" (1893)     276
Selections from The Woman's Bible (1895, 1898)     282
"Our Proper Attitude toward Immigration" (1895)     296
"Significance and History of the Ballot" (1898)     301
"Progress of the American Woman" (1900)     307
"The Degradation of Disfranchisement" (1901)     312
About the Contributors     321
Index     323
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