Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s and Susan B. Anthony’s Proverbial Rhetoric Promoting Women’s Rights
It will remain an unforgettable coincidence for me that my local classical music station was playing Beethoven’s ninth symphony on November 2, 2013, as I was writing the final sentences of the manuscript on the proverbial rhetoric of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. After all, I felt like singing along with the “Ode to Joy” performed by the chorus of the New York Philharmonic upon the completion of a scholarly journey that had lasted several years. I still remember how I had come across the two ladies, as I like to call them, while I was working on my book “No Struggle, No Progress”. Fredrick Douglass and His Proverbial Rhetoric for Civil Rights (2001) more then a decade ago. As is well known, these three good friends supported each other in their fight for equal rights for African Americans and women. But when I checked at the library of the University of Vermont to find a scholarly edition of Stanton’s and Anthony’s letters, speeches, and articles, I discovered that only the first two volumes of Ann D. Gordon’s magisterially edited volumes of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1997 and 2000) had appeared in print. Just the same, I checked them out and did some cursory reading on the side, discovering rather quickly that both women appeared to be quite proverbial in their impressive rhetorical command of the English language. Consequently I decided then and there that I would...
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