Rch this time period in detail as it seems a pivotal time for the United States Many people are mentioned in this book for further reading such as Sojourner Truth and Abigail Scott Duniway I would think it would be a good book to read and discuss in a college class on women s rights It was a good pair with The Tall Woman which was an excellent historical fiction book of this time period This is a pretty decent overview of the issues facing women in the mid 19th century and MacMillen does an excellent job of illustrating the context in which the Seneca Falls convention occurred She also paints a vivid picture of the suabbles and in fighting that characterized the movement in the late 19th century one wonders if the franchise might have been secured earlier if only the movement s leaders had been applying their efforts to a unified cause instead of to competing with each other for followersSome elements of the book annoyed me however The editing is often sloppy and why does she refer to the male leaders in the movement Frederick Douglass Wendell Phillips etcby their last names but insists on referencing the female leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton Lucretia Mott Lucy Stone Susan B Anthony etc by their first names Also I craved a deeper look at the four women listed above they do get the most ink but so many other figures need to be included that the treatment of the Big 4 is cursory at bestOverall however this is a good introduction to the women s rights movement that is very readable and succinct Read with GR group Non Fiction Book Club in honor the the centennial of US Women s SuffrageGood book to gain overview of Suffrage movement from Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the holding out the torch to the next generation at the National American Women s Suffrage Association NAWSA in 1890 to review same period of Suffrage movement to find a jumping off place for further studyNote In 1848 the privileged white women seeking suffrage fought for themselves Gradually their hearts and minds allowed for inclusion In 1890 the priviledged white women asked that the next generation remember to be inclusive in their fight for suffrage. Ation opportunities and the right to vote ideas considered wildly radical at the time 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 to find A vibrant portrait of a major turning point in American women's history and in human history this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand the origins of the woman's rights movemen.
It mostly boggles my mind that such an interesting topic can be written so boringly This book tells the story of the early American women s movement by focusing on the 1848 women s rights convention in Seneca Falls New York and on four women who played ey roles in establishing and promoting women s rights and suffrage Elizabeth Cady Stanton Lucretia Mott Susan B Anthony and Lucy Stone are featured in the book Since this book focuses on the active lives of four women only one of whom lived to cast a ballot in a national election it provides details of the women s rights movement only through 1890 It is well researched and includes 44 pages of notes Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women s Rights Movement is a thorough account and analysis of the convention that began to galvanize women to organize around suffrage rights for divorce and other issues that became the mainstay of the women s rights movement This book focuses on the four women who became prominent as activists Lucy Stone Lucretia Mott Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton It details the lives of these women and how they tirelessly campaigned for This is a very interesting over view of Women s Sufferage in the USThe thing I found most interesting was the discussions on the two main groups in the USThe American Women s Sufferage AssociationThis group included men and women in the leadership positions Believed that Sufferage should be approached piecemeal state by state Supported the 15th Amendment even though it included the world male and concerned itself almost exclusively to Women s Sufferage Lucy Stone was most prominent womanNational Women s Sufferage AssociationAlmost exclusively woman run Founded by Elizabeth Candy Stanton and SusanB Anthony Believed that a national amendment was the way to go but state by state Concerned itself with Sufferage AND other Women s Rights birth control divorce contract law employment etcKnowing about these two groups and they re differences is huge in American Sufferage Wow This was a very engaging informative read I was vaguely aware of the connections between the abolitionist movement and early women s rights. In a uiet 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 that remarkable 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 sig.
Activism and also the division in the movement over black enfranchisement but now I Io ti voglio know so much Many important themes still relevant today Straight forward Educational I assume I skimmed most of it Dry McMillen s Seneca Falls fills a gap in the history of American women s suffrage often skimmed or skipped in historical surveys Beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 sponsored led and organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton uaker minster Lucretia Mott McMillen with the aid of two other important suffragists Lucy Stone and Susan B Anthony guides us down the long path toward the nineteenth amendment which was not to enter into law for some seventy plus years That s uite an expanse of time especially considering the volcanic state of affairs in America regarding the Civil War the emancipation of slaves Reconstruction and so on McMillen tells the story an ease often lacking in historical surveys However a century of history is a lot to condense into two hundred pages inevitably time spent giving in depth characterization and analysis to theey figures like Stanton Mott Stone and Anthony gets elided into brief portraits of important supplementary figures and subseuently a web of events and relationships which become difficult at times to follow The introduction leads us to believe that this road from Seneca Falls to the Nineteenth Amendment will be framed in a four part four person biography of sorts But that s not the case Much time perhaps too much time is given for instance to the background ferment of the Burnt Over District in order to give readers a sense of the radical headspin of the times But readers would do well to seek that history fully elsewhere We don t get to the women s movement proper until the fourth chapter some one hundred pages into the book Overall a good overview decently but not heavily documented and accessible for those not bound for academic careers in History This book helped me to place many names into the history of the Women s Rights Movement and the Abolitionist movement I learned much about Susan B Anthony Lucretia Mott Elizabeth Stanton and Lucy Stone It has inspired me to resea. Nificance 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 advances they made during their lifetimes and the lasting and transformative effects of the work they did At the convention they asserted full euality with men argued for greater legal rights greater professional and educ.
Sally G McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College in North Carolina where she has taught since 1988