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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law$
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Tracy A. Thomas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783047

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783047.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The “Radical Conscience” of Nineteenth-Century Feminism

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law
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Tracy A. Thomas

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814783047.003.0001

This chapter introduces Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the principal feminist thinker and women’s rights leader of the nineteenth century. It summarizes Stanton’s background, her work for suffrage with Susan B. Anthony, and modern backlash against her opposition to the Fifteenth Amendment. The chapter discusses Stanton’s complex philosophy of multiple feminisms, including liberal, cultural, and radical thought. It then focuses on Stanton’s work for family equality, integrating her feminist thought into a legal history of the family.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminism, Fifteenth Amendment, legal history, suffrage, women’s rights

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