Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1854 "Address to the Legislature of New York" and the Paradox of Social Reform Rhetoric

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Skinnell, Ryan 2010.

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This is the author manuscript version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Rhetoric Review © 2010 Taylor & Francis; Rhetoric Review is available online; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07350191003613419

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is widely regarded as one of the most important women's rights orators of the nineteenth century. She is credited with opening new rhetorical spaces for women through brilliant rhetorical appeals. In her 1854 speech to the Legislature of New York, however, her brilliant rhetorical appeals were also appeals to the racist, classist, and paternalistic biases of her white male audience. A paradox of social reform is the need to simultaneously assert difference and sameness with the dominant classes, and Cady Stanton's efforts to negotiate this paradox ultimately reinforced the social hierarchy she hoped to undermine.

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  • Rhetoric Review, 2010, New York: Taylor & Francis, pp. 129-144

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  • Publication Title: Rhetoric Review
  • Volume: 29
  • Issue: 2
  • Page Start: 129
  • Page End: 144
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Skinnell, Ryan. Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1854 "Address to the Legislature of New York" and the Paradox of Social Reform Rhetoric, article, 2010; [New York, New York]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146585/: accessed February 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.