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Mrs. Stanton's Bible / Edition 1

Mrs. Stanton's Bible / Edition 1

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Mrs. Stanton's Bible traces the impact of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's religious dissent on the suffrage movement at the turn of the century and presents the first book-length reading of her radical text, the Woman's Bible. Stanton is best remembered for organizing the Seneca Falls convention at which she first called for women's right to vote. Yet she spent the last two decades of her life working for another cause: women's liberation from religious oppression. Stanton came to believe that political enfranchisement was meaningless without the systematic dismantling of the church's stifling authority over women's lives.

In 1895, she collaboratively authored this biblical exegesis, just as the women's movement was becoming more conservative. Stanton found herself arguing not only against male clergy members but also against devout female suffragists. Kathi Kern demonstrates that the Woman's Bible itself played a fundamental role in the movement's new conservatism because it sparked Stanton's censure and the elimination of her fellow radicals from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Mrs. Stanton's Bible dramatically portrays this crucial chapter of women's history and facilitates the understanding of one of the movement's most controversial texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801482885
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 07/16/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathi Kern is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.

What People are Saying About This

John R. McKivigan

"In Mrs. Stanton's Bible, Kathi Kern does not back away from the embarassing evidence of Elizabeth Stanton's racist and classist prejudices but demonstrates how her subject's religious views helped shape those values. This masterful and timely book will remedy significant deficiencies in our historical knowledge."

Ann Braude

"This very important book promises a much needed corrective to previous work portraying Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a commited secularist. Through responsible research and a fresh, original perspective, Kathi Kern provides us access to a substantial feminist critique of Christianity by a towering nineteenth-century intellectual."

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