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The Political Thought of America's Founding Feminists

Lisa Pace Vetter


Frances Wright (1795–1852), Harriet Martineau (1802–1876), Angelina Grimké (1805–1879), Sarah Grimké (1792–1873), Lucretia Mott (1793–1880), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), and Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797–1883). These seven women were on the front lines fighting for two of the most important causes in American history: abolitionism and expanding women’s rights. The Jacksonian era in which they lived fundamentally challenged the American project. The potential enfranchisement of marginalized populations—especially women and enslaved persons—led to confrontations over the foundational principl ... More

Keywords: suffrage, abolitionism, early women’s rights, Frances Wright, Harriet Martineau, Angelina Grimké, Sarah Grimké, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479853342
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479853342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Pace Vetter, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County