Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement

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In a quiet town of Seneca Falls, New York, over the course of two days in July, 1848, a small group of women and men, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, held a convention that would launch the woman's rights movement and change the course of history. The implications of thatremarkable convention would be felt around the world and indeed are still being felt today. In Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Woman's Rights Movement , the latest contribution to Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments in American History series, Sally McMillen unpacks, for the first time, the full significance of that revolutionary convention and the enormous changes it produced.The book covers 50 years of women's activism, from 1840-1890, focusing on four extraordinary figures--Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony. McMillen tells the stories of their lives, how they came to take up the cause of women's rights, the astonishing advancesthey made during their lifetimes, and the lasting and transformative effects of the work they did. At the convention they asserted full equality with men, argued for greater legal rights, greater professional and education opportunities, and the right to vote--ideas considered wildly radical at thetime. Indeed, looking back at the convention two years later, Anthony called it "the grandest and greatest reform of all time--and destined to be thus regarded by the future historian." In this lively and warmly written study, Sally McMillen may well be the future historian Anthony was hoping tofind. A vibrant portrait of a major turning point in American women's history, and indeed in human history, Seneca Falls, 1848 is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand the origins of the woman's rights movement.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780195182651
Branch Call Number: 305.420973 MCM
Characteristics: x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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michelle_mcgrath
Dec 04, 2016

Every woman should read this book. The fact that women have been denied their human rights by men is sad, what is more sad is that some women want to continue denying the basic rights they deserve and force all women under the control of men and male dominated society. Women and religion are the two main blockades to women's rights, and this continues today. It has been over one hundred and fifty years since Seneca Falls and women are still not paid equally to men in many fields. History will never stop repeating if women can't develop their own sense of self esteem and demand what is right for all women. Stand up and be heard, listen to other women and respect each other and our universal struggle for rights and equality world wide.

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