Women's Rights Emerges Within the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1830-1870
First Edition   ©2000

Women's Rights Emerges Within the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1830-1870

A Short History with Documents

Kathryn Kish Sklar (Binghampton University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-10144-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-10144-2; Format: Paper Text, 240 pages

Combining documents with an interpretive essay, this book is the first to offer a much-needed guide to the emergence of the women's rights movement within the anti-slavery activism of the 1830s. A 60-page introductory essay traces the cause of women's rights from Angelina and Sarah Grimké's campaign against slavery through the development of a full-fledged women's rights movement in the 1840s and 1850s and the emergence of race as a divisive issue that finally split that movement in 1869. A rich collection of over 50 documents includes diary entries, letters, and speeches from the Grimkés, Maria Stewart, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Theodore Weld, Frances Harper, Sojourner Truth, and others, giving students immediate access to the world of abolitionists and women's right advocates and their passionate struggles for emancipation. Headnotes to the documents, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, questions to consider, a chronology, and an index are also included.
"This book offers an excellent sense of the myriad issues related to race and gender that were central to the spread of abolitionism and the emergence of women's rights in antebellum America. Highly accessible and eloquently presented, this volume incorporates both interpretive text and critical documents and thus provides a superb teaching tool for undergraduate classes."
Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University