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Mrs. Stanton's Bible

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Mrs. Stanton's Bible

Mrs. Stanton's Bible

Mrs. Stanton's Bible traces the impact of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's religious dissent on the suffrage movement at the turn of the century and presents the first book-length reading of her radical text, the Woman's Bible. Stanton is best remembered for organizing the Seneca Falls convention at which she first called for women's right to vote. Yet she spent the last two decades of her life working for another cause: women's liberation from religious oppression. Stanton came to believe that political enfranchisement was meaningless without the systematic dismantling of the church's stifling authority over women's lives. In 1895, she collaboratively authored this biblical exegesis, just as the women's movement was becoming more conservative. Stanton found herself arguing not only against male clergy members but also against devout female suffragists. Kathi Kern demonstrates that the Woman's Bible itself played a fundamental role in the movement's new conservatism because it sparked Stanton's censure and the elimination of her fellow radicals from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Mrs. Stanton's Bible dramatically portrays this crucial chapter of women's history and facilitates the understanding of one of the movement's most controversial texts.

Why We Recommend Mrs. Stanton's Bible

Professor Kathi Kern’s book focuses exclusively on the impact of The Woman’s Bible. She reads Stanton’s Woman’s Bible together with her autobiography to reveal the desires Stanton had for the women’s rights movement and for “women themselves.” Though many of Stanton’s views were controversial, the results of her work with the suffrage, women’s rights movements and her scholarly Woman’s Bible are still felt today. For those seeking deeper understanding of the suffrage movement, this book is the first deep dive into The Woman’s Bible and will help you better understand its impact and its author. As the artifact at the center of Museum of the Bible’s upcoming lecture, this book is invaluable to understanding the topic.

Size and Weight

Mrs. Stanton's Bible measures 9" x 6" x .7" and weighs .94 lbs. It has 304 pages.


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