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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the 19th century's best-known feminists and advocates of women's suffrage. Nearly forgotten in the early 20th century, she has since been noted for her significant contributions by biographers and documentary filmmakers. But have they adequately dealt with the complexity and contradictory aspects of her character? Ginzberg (history, Penn State Univ.; Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman's Rights in Antebellum New York), a leading scholar in the area of 19th-century women's benevolence and reform work, argues that they have not. In this well-documented work, she successfully takes on the task herself. VERDICT Ginzberg has produced a readable and realistic account of the life of one of the most important feminists and intellectuals of the 19th century, a woman who was at once an abolitionist who could sound like a racist and an advocate of civil rights for women whose language often reeked of elitism. This work promises to be a classic and is recommended for all readers, along with Ellen DuBois's recent Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays.—Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.