Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer

Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer

Essays and Speeches
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1987
Format: Paperback 3 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20446-2
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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 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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Table of Contents

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PART I. The Boston Years:
Essays and Speeches, 1831-33

Religion and the Pure Principles Of Morality (1831)
Cause For Encouragement (1832)
Lecture Delivered At The Franklin Hall (1832)
An Address Delivered Before The Afric-American
Female Intelligence Society of America (1832)
An Address Delivered At The African Masonic Hall
Mrs. Stewart’s Farewell Address To Her Friends In
The City Of Boston (1833)
"The Negro’s Complaint"

PART II. Later Life

Preface to the 1879 Edition of Meditations From The
Pen Of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart
Letters and Commendations
Sufferings During The War