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The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Rights and the American Political Traditions Hardcover – April 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0814719985 ISBN-10: 0814719988
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“Elizabeth Cady Stanton was open to any idea she encountered—old or new, conventional or innovated—except male supremacy. Davis’s admirable book shows that this great feminist’s adaptability was both her best and worst characteristic.”
-Judith Baer,author of Our Lives before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence

“Davis admirably succeeds in this book that integrates the conceptual and political legacy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton with current scholarship on heritage of the American liberal state. A must-read for students of American political development, women’s rights, and legal theory.”
-Eileen McDonagh,author of Breaking the Abortion Deadlock

“Davis does a brilliant job of analyzing (while not excusing) the political tactics—and often, political Machiavelliism—that the early feminist employed during her long, active life.”
-Feminist Review

“Scholars of American political thought have often failed to appreciate the significance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Scholars of Cady Stanton have often not been deeply immersed in broader studies of American political thought. Davis’s outstanding book rectifies both these deficiencies in ways that will have enduring value.”
-Rogers M. Smith,author of Stories of Peoplehood: The Politics and Morals of Political Membership

"Davis's monograph is a valuable resource not only for scholars across the humanities...but also for those who wish to better understand American political culture and the history of ideas."
-Kristan Poirot,Rhetoric & Public Affairs

“A convincing case for Stanton’s significance as a central figure in the American political tradition.”
-Women’s Review of Books

“In this thoroughly researched, well-written, and engaging study, Davis reveals how Cady Stanton drew upon liberalism, republicanism, ascriptive forms of Americanism, and radicalism in advancing the cause of women's rights. Davis’s historical institutionalist approach to the topic is most suited for demonstrating not only the way in which Cady Stanton, as a political actor, adjusted her arguments because of strategic consideration of the way they were received, but also the normative theoretical commitments that shaped the thinking of Cady Stanton as a political philosopher. The book is a must read for scholars of the history of political thought, feminist theory, and women's studies who wish to understand the full significance of Cady Stanton’s intellectual and political legacy for American political thought. . . . Highly recommended.”

About the Author

Sue Davis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Delaware. She is the author of American Political Thought: Four Hundred Years of Ideas and Ideologies, Understanding the Constitution, and Justice Rehnquist and the Constitution.


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