Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897


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The autobiography of women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton—published for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage—including an updated introduction and afterword from noted scholars of women’s history Ellen Carol DuBois and Ann D. Gordon.

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815–1897, is one of the great American autobiographies. There is really no other American woman’s autobiography in the nineteenth century that comes near it in relevance, excellence, and historical significance.

In 1848, thirty-three-year-old Stanton and four others organized the first major women’s rights meeting in American history. Together with Susan B. Anthony, her partner in the cause, she led the campaign for women’s legal rights, most prominently woman suffrage, for the rest of the century. In those years, Stanton was the movement’s spokeswoman, theorist, and its visionary. In addition to her suffrage activism, she was a pioneering advocate of women’s reproductive freedom, and a ceaseless critic of religious misogyny. As the mother of seven, she also had pronounced opinions on women’s domestic responsibilities, especially on raising children.

In Eighty Years and More, Stanton reminisces about dramatic moments in the history of woman suffrage, about her personal challenges and triumphs, and about the women and men she met in her travels around the United States and abroad.

Stanton’s writing retains its vigor, intelligence, and wit. Much of what she had to say about women, their lives, their frustrations, their aspirations and their possibilities, remains relevant and moving today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982136246
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,078,161
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ellen Carol DuBois is Distinguished Research Professor in the History Department of UCLA. She is the author of numerous books on the history of woman suffrage in the US. She is the coauthor, with Lynn Dumenil, of the leading textbook in US women’s history, Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents and coeditor, with Vicki Ruiz, of Unequal Sisters: In Inclusive Reader in US Women’s History.

Ann D. Gordon, is Research Professor Emerita of history at Rutgers University and editor of the six-volume Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. She has written numerous articles on women’s history, biography, and historical editing and also compiled a collection of essays by scholars of black history, African American Women and the Vote, 1837–1965. In advance of the Nineteenth Amendment centennial, she served as a historical advisor to the National Archives for its exhibit “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.”

Table of Contents

Chapter I Childhood 1

Chapter II School Days 20

Chapter III Girlhood 35

Chapter IV Life at Peterboro 51

Chapter V Our Wedding Journey 71

Chapter VI Homeward Bound 92

Chapter VII Motherhood 108

Chapter VIII Boston and Chelsea 127

Chapter IX The First Woman's Rights Convention 143

Chapter X Susan B. Anthony 155

Chapter XI Susan B. Anthony (Continued) 169

Chapter XII My First Speech Before a Legislature 186

Chapter XIII Reforms and Mobs 200

Chapter XIV Views on Marriage and Divorce 215

Chapter XV Women as Patriots 234

Chapter XVI Pioneer Life in Kansas-Our Newspaper "The Revolution," 245

Chapter XVII Lyceums and Lecturers 259

Chapter XVIII Westward Ho! 283

Chapter XIX The Spirit of '76 307

Chapter XX Writing "The History of Woman Suffrage," 322

Chapter XXI In the South of France 337

Chapter XXII Reforms and Reformers in Great Britain 351

Chapter XXTII Woman and Theology 377

Chapter XXIV England and France Revisited 394

Chapter XXV The International Council of Women 412

Chapter XXVI My Last Visit to England 422

Chapter XXVII Sixtieth Anniversary of the Class of 1832-The Woman's Bible 439

Chapter XXVIII My Eightieth Birthday 458

Index of Names 489

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