Eighty Years and More (1815-1897): Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Abolitionist, single-tax proponent, suffragette and author, Kentuckian
First edition of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s autobiography, an “account of her life as one of the leading thinkers and activists of American feminism [and] an important source for the history of the woman’s rights movement in the nineteenth century.” (Ellen Carol DuBois, 1993 ed.)
This copy was inscribed in 1900 by Louisville suffragette Susan Look Avery (1817–1915) to Mary Letchworth Coonley Hollis (1869–1912), her granddaughter. Avery co-founded the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association and interacted with Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Stone Blackwell, Harriet Taylor Upton, and Susan B. Anthony.
Born in Massachusetts, Avery was educated at Utica Female Seminary in New York where she later taught. In 1844, she married Benjamin F. Avery, owner of the Avery Plow Works. Settled in Louisville, the Averys were ardent abolitionists. During the Civil War the Avery factory served as a hospital for wounded Union soldiers.
After her husband’s death, Avery became involved in other reform agendas: temperance, pacifism, the single tax, women’s clubs, and suffragism. In October of 1881, the American Woman Suffrage Association met in Louisville. Its leader, Lucy Stone, stayed at Avery’s home. At this convention, Avery helped found the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association.The year after the establishment of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association in 1888, Avery organized its Louisville branch, the Louisville Equal Rights Association.
Description: Eighty Years and More (1815-1897): Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
New York: European Publishing Company, (1897) 1898. Frontispiece 474, (2, adverts), pp. Publisher’s cloth. Later bookplate and later inscription. The fore –margins and –edges between pp70-120 have, variously, light creases, small paper flaws, or gentle bumping; else very good.
Refs. Kirk, “Susan Look Avery, A Nineteenth Century Reformer” in Historical Wyoming [County], Vol XXIV, No. 3, January 1978 (Warsaw, N.Y.), pp–64. Guethlein, “Women in Louisville: Moving Toward Equal Rights” in The Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 2, April 1981 (Louisville), pp151–178. Votes for Kentucky Women: How Kentucky Joined the Nation in The Fight for Women’s Suffrage accessed online. 9han9