The Political Thought Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Political Thought Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

by Sue Davis
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New York University Press

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The Political Thought Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was not only one of the most important leaders of the nineteenth century women’s rights movement but was also the movement’s principal philosopher. Her ideas both drew from and challenged the conventions that so severely constrained women’s choices and excluded them from public life.

In The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sue Davis argues that Cady Stanton’s work reflects the rich tapestry of American political culture in the second half of the nineteenth century and that she deserves recognition as a major figure in the history of political ideas. Davis reveals the way that Cady Stanton’s work drew from different political traditions ranging from liberalism, republicanism, inegalitarian ascriptivism, and radicalism. Cady Stanton’s arguments for women’s rights combined approaches that in contemporary feminist theory are perceived to involve conflicting strategies and visions. Nevertheless, her ideas had a major impact on the development of the varieties of feminism in the twentieth century.

Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton draws on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and promises to fill a gap in the literature on the history of political ideas in the United States as well as women’s history and feminist theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814719985
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Multiple Traditions
2 Seneca Falls and Beyond: Attacking the Cult of Domesticity with Equality and Inalienable Rights
3 The 1850s: Married Women’s Property Rights, Divorce, and Temperance
4 Gatherings of Unsexed Women: Separate Spheres and Women’s Rights
5 The Civil War Years: Breaking Down Boundaries Between Public and Private
6 The Postwar Years: Reconstruction and Positivism
7 The Postwar Years: The New Departure, the Alliance with Labor, and the Critique of Marriage
8 Not the Word of God But the Work of Men: Cady Stanton’s Critique of Religion
9 “In the Long Weary March, Each One Walks Alone”: Evolution and Anglo-Saxonism at Century’s End
10 Multiple Feminisms and Multiple Traditions: Elizabeth Cady Stanton in American
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