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..". enthusiastic, well-written... read it if you want to be inspired by a truly heroic woman." --New Directions for Women ..". the fullest account to date of Stewart's life and an excellent basis for understanding Stewart's work." --History "This is informative and inspiring source material for today's scholars, lay readers, and 'professionals'... " --Journal of American Hi ..". enthusiastic, well-written... read it if you want to be inspired by a truly heroic woman." --New Directions for Women ..". the fullest account to date of Stewart's life and an excellent basis for understanding Stewart's work." --History "This is informative and inspiring source material for today's scholars, lay readers, and 'professionals'... " --Journal of American History In gathering and introducing Stewart's works, Richardson provides an opportunity for readers to study the thoughts and words of this influential early black female activist, a forerunner to Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the first black American to lecture in defense of women's rights, placing her in the context of the swirling abolitionist movement.


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..". enthusiastic, well-written... read it if you want to be inspired by a truly heroic woman." --New Directions for Women ..". the fullest account to date of Stewart's life and an excellent basis for understanding Stewart's work." --History "This is informative and inspiring source material for today's scholars, lay readers, and 'professionals'... " --Journal of American Hi ..". enthusiastic, well-written... read it if you want to be inspired by a truly heroic woman." --New Directions for Women ..". the fullest account to date of Stewart's life and an excellent basis for understanding Stewart's work." --History "This is informative and inspiring source material for today's scholars, lay readers, and 'professionals'... " --Journal of American History In gathering and introducing Stewart's works, Richardson provides an opportunity for readers to study the thoughts and words of this influential early black female activist, a forerunner to Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the first black American to lecture in defense of women's rights, placing her in the context of the swirling abolitionist movement.

30 review for Maria W. Stewart, America's First Black Woman Political Writer: Essays and Speeches

  1. 4 out of 5

    BMR, LCSW

    I picked this up on impulse of the shelf at the library, while I was waiting on a PC to become available. This book is a compilation of writings from a 19th century abolitionist. It's a short volume, as there must not be much else available that Mrs. Stewart wrote. It was heavy with respectability politics. Being the perfect citizen, chaste and virtuous, and God fearing will not suddenly make racists aware of the humanity of Blackfolks. It didn't work before or after the Civil War, and it still do I picked this up on impulse of the shelf at the library, while I was waiting on a PC to become available. This book is a compilation of writings from a 19th century abolitionist. It's a short volume, as there must not be much else available that Mrs. Stewart wrote. It was heavy with respectability politics. Being the perfect citizen, chaste and virtuous, and God fearing will not suddenly make racists aware of the humanity of Blackfolks. It didn't work before or after the Civil War, and it still doesn't work. ALL people are worthy of basic human rights, equal justice under law, equal educational and employment opportunities, regardless of their level of literacy, or family of origin, or religious involvement. Recommended only for feminist history scholars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Seader

    A great window into the beginning of the abolitionist movement from a free woman of color. Heavy religious theme due to religion being her inspiration for fighting for her brothers. Feminist themes and a focus on bettering of self to ‘prove’ that blacks can be equal to whites. Some good themes can be found sorting through the self/victim blame. My favorite being that a people cannot rise up unless they stop stepping on each other, and seeing an armed slave revolt as a weapon of gods wrath agains A great window into the beginning of the abolitionist movement from a free woman of color. Heavy religious theme due to religion being her inspiration for fighting for her brothers. Feminist themes and a focus on bettering of self to ‘prove’ that blacks can be equal to whites. Some good themes can be found sorting through the self/victim blame. My favorite being that a people cannot rise up unless they stop stepping on each other, and seeing an armed slave revolt as a weapon of gods wrath against slave owners sins.

  3. 5 out of 5

    NIGEL PEARCE

    This woman in the early 1800's was preaching and teaching equal rights for women and against the tyranny of slavery. Her essays are a testament to the foundation she received growing up as an orphan from the age of 3 years old. Living in a minister's house as a servant and yet with all that tragedy surrounding her, Maria Stewart found the strength not only to stand up for herself but for the cause of others. This woman in the early 1800's was preaching and teaching equal rights for women and against the tyranny of slavery. Her essays are a testament to the foundation she received growing up as an orphan from the age of 3 years old. Living in a minister's house as a servant and yet with all that tragedy surrounding her, Maria Stewart found the strength not only to stand up for herself but for the cause of others.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Leak

    The book itself was blah. However, there is a lot to be learned from the things that Maria Stewart went through. Maria was obviously influenced heavily by the bible and christian teachings. Its a travesty how much she went through after her husband died.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J

    Caveat: actually basing this off the reading of "Mediations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W Stewart" (since goodreads didn't have that one specifically listed) which also contained several speeches. Huge on the religion, nuggets of the pulling up by boot straps and striving for intellectual/moral improvements. Mostly interesting from historical perspective of beginnings of american anti-slavery movement and the hardships she overcame to speak out and in public. Perhaps this book has other speeches n Caveat: actually basing this off the reading of "Mediations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W Stewart" (since goodreads didn't have that one specifically listed) which also contained several speeches. Huge on the religion, nuggets of the pulling up by boot straps and striving for intellectual/moral improvements. Mostly interesting from historical perspective of beginnings of american anti-slavery movement and the hardships she overcame to speak out and in public. Perhaps this book has other speeches not contained in Mediations from the Pen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This made me believe there was room for religion in the revolution. Stewart made me believe that if people really did follow the word of god there would be no oppression. But then of course there is interpretations of the word of god, and thats where everything gets messed up. She makes sense of the unity of oppressions. She speaks of the abilities, hopes, and dreams of her people that are wasted on labor. She speaks for higher education for black women. She speaks! She speaks.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Z

    While I like the premise of a black anti-slavery author and orator appealing to women's issues as well, I found the compilation as a whole disjointed. I also felt that her intentions and aspirations were sometimes at odds with her articulation of them. While I like the premise of a black anti-slavery author and orator appealing to women's issues as well, I found the compilation as a whole disjointed. I also felt that her intentions and aspirations were sometimes at odds with her articulation of them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    it's a shame that my schooling allowed me to go 22 years without hearing about this woman. it's a shame that my schooling allowed me to go 22 years without hearing about this woman.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arnie Hill

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy Alston

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tom Marcotte

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix Rises

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grace Mc

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ismoon Maria

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kat Woodman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eunice

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiana

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