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The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman's Rights Convention

(Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Feminists from 1848 to the present have rightly viewed the Seneca Falls convention as the birth of the women's rights movement in the United States and beyond. In The Road To Seneca Falls, Judith Wellman offers the first well documented, full-length account of this historic meeting in its contemporary context.                               
 
The convention succeeded by un
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2004 by University of Illinois Press (first published October 1st 2004)
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Francesca Calarco
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are searching for a good source on the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the push for women’s suffrage and civil rights at Seneca Falls, New York—then this volume by Judith Wellman is pretty solid. Stylistically, I cannot say I am a fan of the dramatization of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life in the early chapters. However, once Wellman moves onto the history of the early women’s voting rights movement(s), the historical narrative proves to be quite informative. At the very least, this book ...more
Allison
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though this is hardly a proper review, I need to type something to keep this book in my mind for class tomorrow.

The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman's Rights Convention has some slow spots, as is to be expected from an academic history, but it does an impressive job of avoiding dryness. Though some of this is due to a light writing style and anecdotes about Lucretia Mott swearing at dinner, more of it is due to the fact that this book balances biography and the b
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Valerie
I'm not sure this is the book I read: it was certainly not this edition, anyway.

The origins of feminism in the US owe a lot to the abolitionist movement, which was the first political movement most feminists were involved in.

Tracing the history of feminism in the nineteenth century is important, because (for one thing) it illustrates the hazards of putting all your eggs in one basket. The early feminists were a broad-spectrum movement, encompassing people who championed all sorts of reforms. By
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Jen
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating account of the very long road to suffrage in our country! I was honestly floored by the prevailing ideas about the differences between the sexes in the mid 19th century. Even more astounding was the time and effort a small number of women (and a few men) put into the campaign for suffrage and more importantly, women's rights, with so little that changed. For more than 50 years, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (and others) fought nearly constantly for women's rights ...more
Hapzydeco
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Students interested in researching the roots of the Women’s Rights Movement will find this examination of Stanton and the 1848 Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York an excellent place to begin. Wellman describes the event within its social context and reveals how Stanton’s leadership united radical Quakers, Abolitionists, and legal reformers to promote the belief that “All men and women are created equal.
Veronica
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I haven't read this whole book, but am citing it in an entry for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Motherhood essay I am writing. The few bits of this book I have read have been really good. It focuses on the years building up to the Seneca Falls convention (as it says in the title) and gives a deeper view into how the feminist movement was born in the USA. I hope to figure out a way to incorporate this into my future (not-yet-scheduled) PhD on feminist organizations. ...more
Margaret
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Much-needed look at the local context of the 1st Women's Rights Convention in the U.S. Nice job placing you within the everyday lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others in 1848 Seneca Falls, NY. ...more
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