Maria W. Stewart, America's First Black Woman Political Writer: Essays and Speeches / Edition 1

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"... enthusiastic, well-written... read it if you want to be inspired by a truly heroic woman." —New Directions for Women

"... the fullest account to date of Stewart’s life and an excellent basis for understanding Stewart’s work." —History

"This is informative and inspiring source material for today’s scholars, lay readers, and ‘professionals’... " —Journal of American History

In gathering and introducing Stewart’s works, Richardson provides an opportunity for readers to study the thoughts and words of this influential early black female activist, a forerunner to Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the first black American to lecture in defense of women’s rights, placing her in the context of the swirling abolitionist movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253204462
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Series: Blacks in the Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 960,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Textual Note

PART I. The Boston Years:
Essays and Speeches, 1831-33

Religion and the Pure Principles Of Morality (1831)
Cause For Encouragement (1832)
Lecture Delivered At The Franklin Hall (1832)
An Address Delivered Before The Afric-American
Female Intelligence Society of America (1832)
An Address Delivered At The African Masonic Hall
Mrs. Stewart’s Farewell Address To Her Friends In
The City Of Boston (1833)
"The Negro’s Complaint"

PART II. Later Life

Preface to the 1879 Edition of Meditations From The
Pen Of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart
Letters and Commendations
Sufferings During The War


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Worth Reading Twice

    This is the only book about the first American woman to lecture in public and leave published copies of her speeches. Stewart led an amazing life and was a highly controversial African American woman. I just bought a new, second copy of this amazing book. I read it as a student a few years ago and marked it up while writing a paper. Now I am teaching a course myself and have assigned it as required reading. It gives history, biography, anti-slavery agitation, religion, political speeches, women's rights and an exciting story all combined. And one of my students noticed that this is the 200th anniversary of Stewart's birth!

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