NEH banner [Return to Query]

Products for grant FA-52196-06

Biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 19th-Century Feminist and Intellectual
Lori Ginzberg, Penn State

Grant details:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (Book)
Title: Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life
Author: Lori D. Ginzberg
Abstract: Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the founding philosopher of the American movement for woman's rights, the initiator of the first woman's rights convention at Seneca Falls, and one of her generation's most charismatic leaders. In her time she was a visible presence in American public life, a force to be reckoned with, a household name. That nearly all of her ideas – that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote -- are utterly commonplace in our own time is in large part because she, along with her lifelong friend Susan B. Anthony, tirelessly worked to extend the nation's promise of radical individualism to women. This book narrates the life of a woman of great charm, enormous appetite, and extraordinary intellectual gifts who turned the limitations placed on women like herself into a universal philosophy of equal rights. Yet elitism runs through Stanton’s life and thought, most often defined by class, frequently by race, and always by intellect. Both critical and admiring, Ginzberg captures Stanton's ambiguous place in the world of reformers and intellectuals, describes how she changed the world, and suggests that Stanton nevertheless left an ambiguous legacy that continues to haunt American feminism.
Year: 2009
Primary URL:
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-8090-949