Woman's Voice, Woman's Place: Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement

Woman's Voice, Woman's Place: Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement

by Joelle Million

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Overview

Recounting the story of America's antebellum woman's rights movement through the efforts of Lucy Stone (1818-1893), this important account differs dramatically from those that focus almost exclusively on Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Million examines the social forces of the 1830s and 1840s that led Stone to become a woman's reformer and her early agitation as a student at Oberlin College, including what may well be the nation's first strike for equal pay for women. Million chronicles not only the public side of Stone, but her personal battles as well.

Considering a woman's right to self-sovereignty as the central issue of the movement, Stone tried to prove that marriage need not rob a woman of her autonomy. With Henry B. Blackwell, Stone attempted to establish a marriage of truly equal partners, in which she maintained her personal and financial independence. She worked tirelessly during the 1850s, not only as the movement's silver-tongued orator, but also as the organizer and manager of the National Woman's Rights Conventions, champion of coeducation, instigator of nation-wide petitioning efforts, and first person to plead for women's equal legal rights before a body of lawmakers. The contributions of several prominent male leaders are presented, along with coverage of agitation in New England and the western states. Million also details the trials of motherhood that eventually led Stone to pass leadership of the movement to Anthony and Stanton on the eve of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275978778
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2003
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 849,168
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JOELLE MILLION is an independent scholar and historian. She has taught history at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Table of Contents

Introduction

"Shall Woman's Voice Be Hushed?"

The Making of a Reformer

Learning Woman's Lot

Separate Spheres and Female Education

Rousing Woman's Voice

"The Confounded Woman Question"

A Hand to Be Counted

Oberlin and Universal Reform

The Highest Good

"All Lucy Stone's Doing"

The Power of an Orator

Antislavery Agent

Organizing a Movement

Speaking for Women

Divergent Paths

The Converting Voice

Temperance and Woman's Rights

"A Hearing Ear" in the West

"Heart and Soul"

Testing a Wife's Autonomy

Romance and Politics

Forging a "True Marriage"

The Marriage Question and Woman's Rights

"The Field Is the World"

A "Representative Woman"

The "Path for My Feet"

Taxing Times

Passing the Mantle

Expectancy

Bibliography

Index

What People are Saying About This

Leslie Wheeler: Editor of Loving Warriors


Joelle Million has written a thoroughly researched account of Lucy Stone from childhood until just after the Civil War. The richly detailed, complex portrait that emerges performs an important service in restoring Stone to her rightful place as the guiding force behind the early woman's rights movement. The movement itself is presented in all its diversity from dress reformers to advocates of easier divorce laws to free lovers.

Carol Lasser Professor of History

The meticulous documentation of the antebellum life and career of Lucy Stone is a truly remarkable achievement. It cannot be surpassed for the thorough charting of Stone's movements, the careful assembling of the correspondence and writings of and about Stone, and the detailed attention to the construction of the woman's rights movement. Nowhere has so much information been brought together on Stone, highlighting her key role in the American woman suffrage movement in its formative years.

Carol Lasser: Professor of History


The meticulous documentation of the antebellum life and career of Lucy Stone is a truly remarkable achievement. It cannot be surpassed for the thorough charting of Stone's movements, the careful assembling of the correspondence and writings of and about Stone, and the detailed attention to the construction of the woman's rights movement. Nowhere has so much information been brought together on Stone, highlighting her key role in the American woman suffrage movement in its formative years.

Judith Wellman: Professor Emerita


Joelle Million's biography of Lucy Stone is very well-documented, as readers would expect from a scholarly work, but it is so well-written that it reads like a novel. I found the story hard to put down. Million tells the story of Stone's life in engaging and dynamic prose. She also offers a very important addition to our knowledge of the early woman's rights movement, helping us to understand that Stone was one of the major leaders, right next to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, and that debates about the rights of women had a broad geographic and cultural context.

Judith Wellman Professor Emerita

Joelle Million's biography of Lucy Stone is very well-documented, as readers would expect from a scholarly work, but it is so well-written that it reads like a novel. I found the story hard to put down. Million tells the story of Stone's life in engaging and dynamic prose. She also offers a very important addition to our knowledge of the early woman's rights movement, helping us to understand that Stone was one of the major leaders, right next to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, and that debates about the rights of women had a broad geographic and cultural context.

Leslie Wheeler Editor of Loving Warriors

Joelle Million has written a thoroughly researched account of Lucy Stone from childhood until just after the Civil War. The richly detailed, complex portrait that emerges performs an important service in restoring Stone to her rightful place as the guiding force behind the early woman's rights movement. The movement itself is presented in all its diversity from dress reformers to advocates of easier divorce laws to free lovers.

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