Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement
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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 that remarkable convention would be felt around the world and indeed are still being felt...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 28th 2008)
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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 women's rights....more
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, Quaker 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 quite an exp...more
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 squabbles 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 othe...more
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 key 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 right...more
A fascinating and thorough- but still completely readable- account of the beginning of the women's suffrage movement. This part of America's history is so often overlooked or not given enough attention, we need more books like this!
Mainly a gloss of nineteenth century American femininism, actually very little about Seneca Falls.
This is a very interesting book. It's the story of the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and the effects of that gathering. The book focuses on the lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone but also covers Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony. The issues were complex, involving much more than the franchise. Marriage status and property rights as well as career and education opportunities were almost more important. The meeting of such women, their lives and the reception of th...more
A deft historical narrative that is also an inspiring testament to the power of self-mobilization and grassroots activism. Most of the information can be found in your average college history textbook, and the book often reads like one, but this is a well-meaning and hopeful read. The meeting of the title is granted only the briefest of treatments, but the scope is compact yet broad enough to give a general view. There are probably better books out there, but there are certainly worse.
In 2013 as we seeks gun restrictions, still struggle for same-sex marriage to be accepted and many other critical issues, it has been interesting to read of the struggles of those who sought to give women the right to vote. It won't encourage your enthusiasm for the politicians of either era but may make us realize patience has been necessary before.
The book needed another editing and could have been shorter but you do get a solid view of the four women who led the fight.
If it wasn't for my book club I would never have picked up this book. It was written by a history professor and it's not the leisure reading that I enjoy doing. The reason I give it two stars instead of one is because there is a lot of factual historical information and you can tell that it's well researched. Overall I didn't finish reading it. It was just too dense of material for summer reading for me.
A really wonderful, in-depth look at the broad group of women who worked for suffrage, not just the ones we know so well. As always, I am amazed how few rights women once had. Wow. Well researched, could be a textbook for women's studies, history, etc.
Travis Ferrell
An excellent introduction to the Women's Rights Movement. If you are looking for a premier to build up your basic knowledge of Seneca Falls and the major players of this movement in the 19th Century, a great place to start. Accessible and informative.
An excellent look at the powerhouse women who started and guided the Women's Rights movement in America. I wish I could have met a couple of them or at the very least, heard them speak. They sounded like amazing women.
Just writing this to remind myself I read it - a good overview of the early women's rights movement, starting in around the 1840s and culminating with the 19th amendment.
Maryellen Davidson
An excellent and through history of the hard work of the fight to win voting rights for women.
Great history of the early women's movement. But it ends in 1870! How unsatisfying!
Lauren Groseclose
Great insight into the lives of women who dedicated their lives to this movement!
A great easy read that should make everyone appreciate the right to vote!
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