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

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


  • Author: Skinnell, Ryan
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: University of North Texas; Arizona State University


  • Name: Taylor & Francis
    Place of Publication: [New York, New York]


  • Creation: 2010


  • English


  • Physical Description: 24 p.
  • Content Description: Article on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1854 "Address to the Legislature of New York."


  • Named Person: Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
  • Keyword: social reform
  • Keyword: rhetoric
  • Keyword: dominant classes


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


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


  • Name: UNT Scholarly Works
    Code: UNTSW


  • Name: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
    Code: UNTCAS


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • DOI: 10.1080/07350191003613419
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc146585


  • Academic Department: English


  • Display Note: 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
  • Display Note: 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.