Solitude of Self

Solitude of Self

by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
     
 

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton believed this to be the most important speech of her lifetime. With gorgeous and direct language, she presents a compassionate appeal for human equality and dignity, and she addresses the place of solitude in the lives of women and men. Solitude of Self joins the canon of classic American speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton believed this to be the most important speech of her lifetime. With gorgeous and direct language, she presents a compassionate appeal for human equality and dignity, and she addresses the place of solitude in the lives of women and men. Solitude of Self joins the canon of classic American speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s timeless appeal presents the historical convergence between the 19th and the 21st centuries. In this last speech, Stanton proves that while many rights have been gained over the past century, inequality and degradation of the soul continue to thrive. For those opposed to the "glass ceilings" covering our culture, Solitude of Self will be a perfect gift of inspiration and comfort.

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“This is pronounced the strongest and most unanswerable argument and appeal ever made of mortal pen and tongue – for the full freedom and franchise of women.” SUSAN B. ANTHONY

“Don’t be afraid, Elizabeth Cady Stanton seems to be saying in Solitude of Self. To be solitary, she tells her audience, is to explore part of what it means to be human. And in that exploration, she adds, we can often find the miracle of our uniqueness. […] She suggests that the great aim of a good education…is to prepare us for those times when we have to be alone.” THE ADVOCATE (BATON ROUGE)

"'With the power of her mind, her rhetoric, her voice, she would be ballistic if she were here today.' Jill Ker Conway, who was the first woman president of Smith College, told a packed St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 10…. The evening was a celebration of Stanton who, perhaps even more than her better-known friend Susan B. Anthony, changed the course of history by struggling for more than fifty years with amazing courage and strength — while raising seven children — to make it possible for women to vote. It was a celebration of the hard work and passion of Jan Freeman and her Paris Press, who published the speech and organized the reading, dedicated to Mary Seymour Lucas, to whom Jan Freeman paid a moving tribute. It was a celebration of women, and there were quite a few men in the audience. It was a rich, moving, funny, powerful, enlightening evening." THE ASHFIELD NEWS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930464018
Publisher:
Paris Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
564,745
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

"The talk of sheltering women from the fierce storms of life is the sheerest mockery, for they beat on her from every point of the compass, just as they do on man... Such are the facts in human experience, the responsibilities of individual sovereignty. Rich and poor, intelligent and ignorant, wise and foolish, virtuous and vicious, man and woman, it is ever the same, each soul must depend wholly on itself." from Solitude of Self

Meet the Author

Born in Jonestown, New York, in 1815, Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived in Boston, Seneca Falls, NY, and NYC, where she died at the age of 87. Growing up with the knowledge that "girls didn’t count for much," for over a half of a century Stanton devoted her life to attaining equality for women. Of her long-standing relationship with Susan B. Anthony, she said, "I forged the thunderbolts and she fired them." An instrumental figure in securing women’s right to vote, and one of the first to wear bloomers, Stanton was an outspoken proponent of equality in the United States.

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