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Excluded from suffrage history : Matilda Joslyn Gage, nineteenth century American feminist
Brammer, Leila R., 1966-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 136 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
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Matilda Joslyn Gage was a woman's rights' activist during the 19th century, committed to the woman suffrage movement and civil rights. This book brings needed attention to Gage's life and work and explores her impact on women's rights. Using an advanced and distinctive form of feminist thought that encompassed an incisive analysis of patriarchy, Gage even criticized the church as patriarchy's prime sponsor. In fact, Gage connected all of women's oppression, including prostitution, marriage customs, divorce, rape and cusotdy rights to patriarchy, It is perhaps for her radical theory that Gage's arguments remain salient and controversial today. An overdue addition to the scholarship on the role feminists like Matilda Joslyn Gage have played in history, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of United States history, women's history, and women's studies.

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Brammer /f Leila /i R./b LEILA R. BRAMMER is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College./e

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A radical, independent, and indefatigable advocate for women's rights, Gage turned out uncompromising analyses in periodical and book form and joined Stanton and Anthony to assemble the standard early compendium, History of Woman Suffrage (1881). But, says Brammer, when the movement focused on suffrage and turned conservative to broaden its constituency, Gage failed to pander to the public by writing a popular autobiography (as Stanton did) or practicing organizational machinations (such as Anthony's "duplicity"). She was ostracized because of her radicalism, and, as a result, Gage's reputation slipped into undeserved obscurity. Brammer wants to rescue Gage's status, but this repetitious and absent-mindedly edited work, given to curious usages, is unlikely to do so. Description far outweighs analysis. Those determined to build exhaustive women's history collections will buy this book, but budget-conscious librarians should instead make sure they have a copy of Gage's Woman, Church and State (1893; reprint CH, Nov'80). A. Graebner; College of St. Catherine

Table of Contents

The Life and Activities of Matilda
Joslyn Gage The Woman
Suffrage Movement Matilda
Joslyn Gage and Woman's Rights
Matilda Joslyn Gage and Woman Suffrage
Matilda Joslyn Gage and the Church The Exclusion of Matilda
Joslyn Gage from the Woman Suffrage Movement The Exclusion of Matilda Joslyn Gage from History Conclusion