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A Strong-Minded Woman: The Life of Mary Livermore Hardcover – October 26, 2005


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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.

(James Brewer Stewart, author of Wendell Phillips: Liberty's Hero)

The author's latest book marks the first full-length study of Livermore's life, a fact due in part to the difficulty of the task.... Venet nevertheless succeeds in crafting a remarkable piece of research by drawing on Livermore's two autobiographies and her numerous articles and speeches. Anyone with an interest in American history or women's history will delight in the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the incipient U.S. feminist movement and one of its brightest stars.... More than just a figurehead for a cause, Venet's Livermore emerges as a living, breathing, woman who both succumbs to and surpasses the times in which she lived.

(ForeWord Magazine)

Venet was able to effectively use Livermore's published memoir, stories, letters and editorials to piece together the story of her life. The result is an engagingly written contribution to the history of the struggle for woman's rights.

(The Journal of American History)

Wendy Hamand Venet has made a significant contribution by rescuing this forgotten woman in this well-written biography.

(The Historian)

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"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."--James Brewer Stewart, author of "Wendell Phillips: Liberty’s Hero"

"The author's latest book marks the first full-length study of Livermore's life, a fact due in part to the difficulty of the task. . . . Venet nevertheless succeeds in crafting a remarkable piece of research by drawing on Livermore's two autobiographies and her numerous articles and speeches. Anyone with an interest in American history or women's history will delight in the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the incipient U.S. feminist movement and one of its brightest stars. . . . More than just a figurehead for a cause, Venet's Livermore emerges as a living, breathing, woman who both succumbs to and surpasses the times in which she lived."--ForeWord Magazine

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