Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays by Ellen Carol DuBois, ndida Smith

More than one hundred years after her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton still stands—along with her close friend Susan B. Anthony—as the major icon of the struggle for women’s suffrage. In spite of this celebrity, Stanton’s intellectual contributions have been largely overshadowed by the focus on her political activities, and she is yet to be recognized as one of the major thinkers of the nineteenth century.

Here, at long last, is a single volume exploring and presenting Stanton’s thoughtful, original, lifelong inquiries into the nature, origins, range, and solutions of women’s subordination. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker reintroduces, contextualizes, and critiques Stanton’s numerous contributions to modern thought. It juxtaposes a selection of Stanton’s own writings, many of them previously unavailable, with eight original essays by prominent historians and social theorists interrogating Stanton’s views on such pressing social issues as religion, marriage, race, the self and community, and her place among leading nineteenth century feminist thinkers. Taken together, these essays and documents reveal the different facets, enduring insights, and fascinating contradictions of the work of one of the great thinkers of the feminist tradition.

Contributors: Barbara Caine, Richard Cándida Smith, Ellen Carol DuBois, Ann D. Gordon, Vivian Gornick, Kathi Kern, Michele Mitchell, and Christine Stansell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814720790
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ellen Carol DuBois is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights (also available from NYU Press) and Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Woman Suffrage.

Richard Cándida Smith is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as director of the Regional Oral History Office. He is the author of Utopia and Dissent: Art, Poetry, and Politics in California and Mallarmé’s Children: Symbolism and the Renewal of Experience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Cándida SmithPart I The Essays1 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Long View 2 Missed Connections: Abolitionist Feminism in the Nineteenth Century 3 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Stuart Mill, and the Nature of Feminist Thought 4 Stanton on Self and Community5 “The Pivot of the Marriage Relation”: Stanton’s Analysis of Women’s Subordination in Marriage 6 “Free Woman Is a Divine Being, the Savior of Mankind”: Stanton’s Exploration of Religion and Gender 7 Stanton and the Right to Vote: On Account of Race or Sex 8 “Lower Orders,” Racial Hierarchies, and Rights Rhetoric: Evolutionary Echoes in Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Thought during the Late 1860s Part II A Selection of Speeches, Articles, and Essays by Elizabeth Cady Stanton,1854–1901About the Contributors Index 

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