Elizabeth Cady Stanton:
An American Life
by Lori D. Ginzberg
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In the introduction to her biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lori D. Ginzberg, a professor of history and women’s studies at Penn State, confesses that her previous writing has focused on “more ordinary women.” Perhaps that is what allowed Ginzberg to write an accessible, if slim, portrait of the pioneering women’s rights activist.
Ginzberg gives equal attention to Stanton’s domestic concerns and her political ones. The suffragette came into the fight for women’s rights more by circumstance than by enterprise. Her marriage to antislavery lecturer Henry Stanton immersed her in the growing community of abolitionists, and it was there she found thinkers similarly concerned with the “woman question.” Still, it was her lifelong friendship with Susan B. Anthony that most informed and spurred Stanton’s
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