Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women's Rights

Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women's Rights

by Diane Eickhoff


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In 1827, when Clarina Nichols was a teenager, she remembers having "a longing desire to do good." But America wasn’t ready for an ambitious, intelligent young woman. Clarina was supposed to get married and start a family. But then her husband turned out to be abusive and a deadbeat. The law was of little help. Her situation seemed hopeless. And then, the young woman found her voice — and her calling. This is the amazing true story of how Clarina Nichols turned tragedy into triumph, and went on to help fuel the movement that created a brighter future for women everywhere. Named to the Amelia Bloomer List for outstanding young adult feminist books by the American Library Association. "Well-written, easy-to-read, full of inspiring information, and will appeal to readers in middle grades through adulthood." — Reading Is My Superpower

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966925883
Publisher: Quindaro Press
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Diane Eickhoff is an independent scholar and author of more than 20 books for readers of all ages. She has appeared on C-SPAN's American History TV and Book TV.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Growing Up

Vermont Girl 8

Learning Hard Lessons 15

A Promising Marriage 22

New York Trials 28

Finding George 36

Inventing Deborah 41

Part 2 Birth of a Movement

Seneca Falls 48

Coming Out 54

Worcester 60

Clarina Speaks Up 64

Gaining Courage 73

The World Is on the Move 81

Part 3 Westward for Freedom

Winning Wisconsin 92

A Country Divided 99

Meat, Mush, Molasses 106

Prairie Home 114

Part 4 The Fight for Rights

Tinderbox 124

Bleeding Kansas 128

Quindaro 139

Caroline 145

Wyandotte 152

Part 5 The Enduring Struggle

Frontier Justice 166

Interrupted by War 173

The Campaign of 67 182

There Can Be No Failure 189

Epilogue 201

A Quick History of the World's First Women's Rights Movement 203

For Further Reading 213

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 217

Index 225

About the Author 231

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Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women's Rights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Geared toward middle grade and teen readers, Clarina Nichols presents the true story of a remarkable woman and shines a spotlight on the struggle for women’s rights in the 1800s. It’s easy to read, but extremely captivating and full of great information that will make women grateful for the rights we do have now and fiercely proud of those who fought – without the same rights – to obtain them for us. Clarina Nichols, the woman, is a voice that until recently has been lost to history, despite the fact that she was highly respected in her day for her work in suffrage (as well as basic rights for women) and civil rights. Clarina Nichols, the book, is well-written, easy-to-read, full of inspiring information, and will appeal to readers in middle grades through adulthood. Looking back to Nichols’ time made me appreciate all I take for granted as a woman in today’s society but also motivated me to continue to fight for the rights of those who aren’t yet given a voice. As Diane Eickhoff says in her epilogue, Clarina Nichols “would have been surprised at how far we have come – and how far we have yet to go.” (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)