Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Right Is Ours

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Brilliant, stubborn, and astonishingly far-sighted, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the chief architect of the American women's movement. Here, Harriet Sigerman presents a fascinating profile of the woman who courageously campaigned for women's absolute right to social and political equality in the 1800s. Her stands on issues such as birth control, divorce reform, greater employment opportunities, and equal wages were revolutionary and controversial then and are still debated in the political arena today. Along with her tireless crusade for equal rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton also raised seven children, authored a history of the women's rights movement, a feminist critique of the Bible, and her autobiography. Featuring never-before-seen photos and illustrations, Elizabeth Cady Stanton brings to life one of history's liveliest and most fascinating women's rights leaders.

Oxford Portraits are informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Based on the most recent scholarship, they draw heavily on primary sources, including writings by and about their subjects. Each book is illustrated with a wealth of photographs, documents, memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.

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Harriet Sigerman is a historian and freelance writer who has been a research assistant to Henry Steele Commager at Amherst College and for the Stanton-Anthony Papers at the University of Massachusetts. She lives in New Jersey.

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Gr. 6-10. Sigerman, who has written insightfully about women in such books as Women in the American West (1998), now turns her attention to a pioneer of the women's rights movement in this volume in the Oxford Portraits series. Using primary sources (but providing no notes), she looks at the life of Stanton, who came out for birth control, voting rights, and changes in the divorce laws before any of these ideas were popular or, for that matter, even feasible. Sigerman follows Stanton from childhood, when she was first awakened to injustice, through adult life, during which she found a like-minded reformer to marry (and bore him seven children) and made a career as a crusader whose causes also included child labor and abolition. At first glance, the book's format seems a little gray; the typeface is small; and the black-and-white pictures seem a shade overexposed. Readers who look more closely, however, will find a wealth of interesting documents, including original newspaper articles, cartoons, lithographs, and photos. Researchers needing more will be helped by the extensive bibliography and list of museums and historic sites. Ilene Cooper
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