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A Strong Minded Woman

by Wendy Hamand Venet

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781558495142






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Synopsis of A Strong Minded Woman

She probably did not stand out much in the 1850s, a wife and mother living a quiet life. However, she had taught planter's children in the slave culture of the South, and she had some pretty interesting ideas going on in that head graced by a modest bonnet. When the war came she worked as a nurse and became deeply involved in the United States Sanitary Commission, which was actually a source of a variety of reforms involving the lives of women. By the 1870s Livermore gave 150 speeches a year and was the most popular female orator in America, speaking for the aforesaid Commission and for the American Woman Suffrage Association and other organizations supporting temperance and women's rights. Venet (history, Georgia State U.) writes an accessible narration of this life too long ignored. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

author of Wendell Phillips: Liberty s Hero - James Brewer Stewart

"Mary Livermore was a very important historical figure, and one about whom we have forgotten all too much. She played absolutely essential leadership roles in post-Civil War feminism and other reforms, developed a compelling personal ideology of female reform, and became a powerful figure in genteel popular culture. Wendy Hamand Venet speaks enlighteningly to all these crucial aspects of Livermore s public life, and she is equally effective in rendering her subject s private life. Only excellent biographies do this well, and this book meets that standard."

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