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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. 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 now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation’s promise of radical individualism to women.In this subtly crafted biography, the historian Lori D. Gin ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Hill and Wang
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton is not a name often heard or read about unlike her contemporary Susan B. Anthony, even though these two women were great friends. Indeed so close were they that really in history one cannot exist without the other. They were soul mates, as the author tells to us, in a way I believe that to be the case. However, this book is best understood if the reader has any idea of American history, I have none. But for all her faults and strengths of character I was able to appreciate ...more
Although I've read a lot of American history, I've long been aware that I had read very little about the women's suffrage movement. When I saw this slim biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton on a table at a discount book store, I took advantage of the chance to rectify this omission.

This probably wasn't a good choice for a first book to read on the topic. The focus is narrow; we follow Stanton through her life but we don't learn much about the other aspects of the early feminist movement. Susan B.

I have learned that the scientific and medical opinion of the times was that women didn't have enough brain capacity to be full citizens ( and moreso with regard to blacks) and that is a key reason for denying woman the vote. None of the reviews below indicates that this book takes on this issue. Also not noted below is that she had 6 children which was coincidentally exactly the scientific Rx for how to have enough white children to make up for how many mongrel races were being allowed to
This brief (almost 200 pages) biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton races through the life of one of America's earliest feminist leaders, but still manages to convey a powerful sense of her intellectual dynamism, forceful self-confidence, and how she fit into the reformers community of her time. The focus of the book remains firmly on Stanton's ideas and writings, rather than the personal events of the subjects life - whether this is because Stanton and her children went to such effort to edit any ...more
Oct 27, 2009 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women's interest readers
Recommended to Donna by: Earlham College library
Shelves: biography-memoir
Stanton was the philosopher of the women's suffrage movement. Though the push for women's equality began before Stanton was introduced to it (beginning with Quaker abolitionists), she took up the cause whole-heartedly and became one of its chief spokespersons. Unfortunately she was so focused on women's rights that she discounted all of the other issues going on at the time. Most distressingly, she actively opposed the 15th Amendment (giving African-Americans the right to vote) because it empowe ...more
Carol Littlejohn
Knowing next to nothing about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, I was delighted to learn something about this suffragist (NOT woman suffragist, as Elizabeth Cady Staton would say). This highly readable biography gives a clear picture of the times (1815-1902), the customs and the life of this spirited lady. In this portrayal, Stanton is nothing but human. She's a brilliant writer and speaker for women's rights, but she is also uninterested in other human rights, such as slavery which was legal for most of ...more
ECS is awesome. I'd like to read more about her, especially her lifelong friendship with Susan B. Anthony. I loved reading about how ECS progressed through various stages of radicalism and her (VERY FAMILIAR) frustrations with both her contemporaries and her feminist "neices".

The writing style was just OK, definitely on the dry side. The author suffered from "knowing too much about her subject" - for example, she assumed that her readers would know why Garrisonian theory about abolition was so
Would love to read a better biography of ECS, if anyone knows of one. This one was disorganized and loaded down with author's views on how ECS should have done things better, in her opinion, would have liked more of ECS, less of Lori Ginzberg.
A fine biography of an engaging, important, and terribly flawed person, one whose legacy (for good and most certainly for ill) still affects us. Good book club selection - lots to discuss, including what is involved in the life of a public intellectual, political change, and making common cause (or not) with others suffering oppression.
A very good work on the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the beginning of the women's movement.
I learned a lot about this amazing woman. Inspired, smart and ahead of her times in inumerable ways, and also tied to her times in some ultimately troubling almost disasterous ways. Does anyone else who read this see it as reminiscent of early 1970s feminisim when the fight was for white middle and well educated women's rights, not all women's rights? This book goes a long way to explain the rupture of the abolitionists and the sufrigests - I'd always wondered about that.
sacha kenton
excellent book, only had to take a star off not for the book but because the ole cady stanton seemed sort of not anti-slavery and you just gotta slap her on the star for that. but the author made this go at a fast clip and jammed tons of info into a short book, another one you wish they'd make into a movie.
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