Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone, 1818–93, reformer and leader in the women's rights movement, b. near West Brookfield, Mass., grad. Oberlin, 1847. In 1847 she gave her first lecture on women's rights, and the following year she was engaged by the Anti-Slavery Society as one of their regular lecturers. As a speaker she had great eloquence and was often able to sway an unruly and antagonistic audience. She married Henry Brown Blackwell in 1855 but continued, as a matter of principle, to use her own name and was known as Mrs. Stone. In 1870 she founded the Woman's Journal, which was for nearly 50 years the official organ of the American Woman Suffrage Association and, after 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage Association. After her death it was edited by her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell. In 1921 the Lucy Stone League was formed to continue the battle for women's rights.

See biographies by her daughter (1930, repr. 1971) and E. R. Hays (1961).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Lucy Stone: Speaking out for Equality
Andrea Moore Kerr.
Rutgers University Press, 1992
Lucy Stone, Pioneer of Woman's Rights
Alice Stone Blackwell.
Little, Brown, and Company, 1930
Lucy Stone: Woman of Firsts
Porter, Lois K.
Free Inquiry, Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter 1996
American Feminists
Robert E. Riegel.
University of Kansas Press, 1968
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Lucy Stone"
Women's Rights in the United States: A Documentary History
Winston E. Langley; Vivian C. Fox.
Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Marriage under Protest (Henry Blackwell and Elizabeth Stone, 1855)" begins on p. 107
Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues
Kathleen L. Endres; Therese L. Lueck.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Lucy Stone begins on p. 468
A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910
Martha M. Solomon.
University of Alabama Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Lucy Stone begins on p. 88
Home as Work: The First Woman's Rights Claims concerning Wives' Household Labor, 1850-1880
Siegel, Reva B.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 103, No. 5, March 1994
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