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Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life

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In the rotunda of the nation's Capital a statue pays homage to three famous nineteenth-century American women suffragists: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott. Historically, the inscription beneath the marble statue notes, these three stand unique and peerless. In fact, the statue has a glaring omission: Lucy Stone. A pivotal leader in the fight for ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 12th 2014)
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Connie Lacy
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We always hear about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton when the American women’s suffrage movement of the 19th century comes up. We should also hear about Lucy Stone. Of course, one of the problems with history is WHO writes it. In this case, the early history of the American women’s rights movement was written largely by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But I find Lucy Stone’s story an inspiring one. She was far ahead of her time in many ways.

She became a lecturer for the
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is really important to me. There are so many women from history's stories that have been forgotten or just not talked about in the general population. This is one of those women who had a huge impact on various movements that helped shape this country as it is now. Not only to helping women get more rights (suffragettes) and also the civil rights movement for African Americans.

This book was reall
Sharon Powers
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I came home from grade school so excited because our teacher had read to us today about a woman who had lived during the time of the Civil War. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell, and she was the very first woman to become a doctor in the United States. What had so enthrall
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone is a founding women's rights activist that you never heard of (at least I hadn't heard of her). She was a contemporary of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and did as much or more for abolition and women's rights as any of those women. Lucy Stone attended Oberlin College (the book has an excellent chapter on the founding and early history of Oberlin) and was the first female college graduate from Massachusetts. She chose the profession of public lecturer at a ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-of-history
When I 1st heard about Lucy Stone, I felt like I owed it to her and her work to know more about her. One of the founding people of the women's suffrage movement. Her name should be known next to Anthony and Stanton. What an incredible woman. She has made it on my list of heroes. We forget the battles women before us waged for us to be were we are now (and sadly there's still a battle ahead). "I think with never-ending gratitude that the young women of today do not know, and can never know, at wh ...more
I really enjoyed this biography. I learned quite a bit about Stone, someone I knew was significant to the suffrage movement, but I new less about. I wish I had assigned this for my Suffrage class this fall--it would be useful for students to see the story of the movement from the perspective of a different leader.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone shows us what it is not to be denied, and what it takes to face adversity and overcome it. So much good information about her, and the movement for women to vote, in this book. To read this is to know the beginnings of the struggle for females in the US to vote. So glad I read this book. It should be require reading of US history for every soul growing in the US.
April Young
This is a great biography of Lucy Stone, and tells the story of suffrage from the American woman Suffrage Association's perspective which was left out of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's history. ...more
Debi Goniwicha
Great textbook

One of the unsung heroes of feminism. It does read like a textbook but provides an excellent history lesson on women's suffrage.
Damini Varsha
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Very important book to read when studying the Women’s suffrage movement.
Donna Davis
This well-documented, balanced yet sympathetic biography advocates for the inclusion of Lucy Stone among the statues of great Americans at the Capitol rotunda in Washington DC. Currently there is a suffragist statue that includes Stanton, Cady, and Mott. McMillen makes a strong case that Stone should be there as well.

Thank you to Oxford and Net Galley for the ARC. The book will be publicly available at the end of January.

The history of the American feminist movement is a cause near and dear to t
Jill Verenkoff
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone was a juggernaut of the women's suffrage movement, but unlike Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (who were aggressive self-promoters), Lucy Stone's name had been placed on a back shelf--that is until now. The suffrage movement splintered into two groups because Lucy could not tolerate her fellow suffragettes' lack of support for the black vote. Highly documented, McMillen's book puts the roles of these women into proper perspective and paints these women as very real and huma ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone was a pivotal figure in the American women’s rights movement but her name is today little known. Sally McMillen puts this to rights in her detailed and meticulously researched new biography, the first dedicated to this interesting and inspirational woman. Well-documented, clearly and succinctly written, and successful in making her subject come to life, I nevertheless found the book a little too detailed when talking about the suffrage movement and the background to it rather than whe ...more
Janet Flora Corso
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did receive this from Netgalley for a review and it was unproofed and without pictures. That did not keep me from enjoying this well-researched and fascinating look at one of our nation's unsung heroes. I have studied women's history and activism, yet I am sad to say I did not know anything about Lucy Stone. Her name was usually in a list of "other suffragists". That tells barely one percent of her story. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in American History, activism and/or human r ...more
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This is a very interesting look at a woman's life and time in history - and she is someone who I think many more people should have heard of, as someone who worked hard for years to advance women's rights and abolish slavery. ...more
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Sally G. McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College in North Carolina, where she has taught since 1988.

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