By Andrea Moore Kerr
Lucy Stone was once a Massachusetts newspaper editor, abolitionist, and charismatic orator for the women's rights stream within the final half the 19th century. She used to be deeply fascinated about nearly each reform factor of her time. Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Julia Ward Howe, Horace Greeley, and Louisa may possibly Alcott counted themselves between her pals. via her public talking and her newspaper, the Woman's magazine, Stone grew to become the main largely widespread woman's rights spokeswoman of her period. within the 19th century, Lucy Stone used to be a family name.
Kerr starts with Stone's early roots in a bad family members in western Massachusetts. She ultimately graduated from Oberlin university after which grew to become a full-time public speaker for an anti-slavery society and for women's rights. regardless of Stone's strident anti-marriage ideology, she ultimately wed Henry Brown Blackwell, and had her first baby on the age of thirty-nine.
Although Kerr tells us approximately Stone's public accomplishments, she emphasizes Stone's own fight for autonomy. "Lucy Stone (Only)" was once Stone's trademark signature following her marriage. Her refusal to give up her delivery identify used to be one instance of her choice to keep her individuality in an period the place a woman's correct to a separate identification ended with marriage.
Of equivalent significance is Kerr's dialogue of Stone's courting with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in addition to her revisionist remedy of the schism which finally divided Stone from Stanton and Anthony. Stone suggested legislators to not forget about the necessity for women's suffrage as they rushed to enfranchise black men. Stanton and Anthony dwelt purely at the want for women's suffrage, on the price of black suffrage.
Women's historians, the overall reader, and historians of the family members will have fun with the tale of Stone's try to stability the conflicting calls for of occupation and family.
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We all worked hard, but we all worked in together, and had the feeling that everything was oursthe calves, etc. 7 The family ate game that the boys huntedsquirrel, woodchuck, and Page 14 occasionally skunk. There were fish, the occasional turtle, and pigeons caught by the children in horsehair traps. 8 The reality of Stone's quotidian life was at variance with her dreams of being a lady reading by softly diffused lamplight. When she and her sisters were not busy with cooking, canning, weaving, or farm and dairy chores, they sewed "coarse shoes," doing piecework for the local shoe factory.
But they held fast. 59At the North Brookfield Quadrennial Conference, the ministers issued a pastoral letter warning all church members against permitting the use of the pulpit to antislavery speakersand most particularly to female speakers. The wording of the proclamation, which came to be known as the "Brookfield Bull," was harsh and minatory. " The character of the woman who speaks in public "becomes unnatural. If the vine, whose strength and beauty it is to lean upon the trelliswork ...
184 CHAPTER TWELVE "Another Year for Downright Work" 206 Page viii CHAPTER THIRTEEN "Make the World Better" 227 Epilogue 246 Notes 249 Bibliography 285 Index 295 Page ix Acknowledgments Anyone who has written a book of this kind knows the large debt owed to archivists and librarians, to friends and family, to fellow writers and historians. To single out a few, I am grateful first to Sarah Pritchard for her enthusiasm and bibiliographic guidance at the Library of Congress; to Jacqueline Goggin for her invaluable help in the manuscript division there; to Eva Moseley, who allowed me access to the unindexed papers of the Blackwell Family at the Schlesinger Library; and to Sylvia Buck, town librarian extraordinaire, for her interest in the project.