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Revolutionary heart : the life of Clarina Nichols and the pioneering crusade for women's rights
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Abolition of slavery
Suffragette movement
Women's rights
Women's rights activists
American history
United States
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1810-1885 -- 19th century
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  Library Journal Review

Clarina Nichols (1810-85) is not as well known as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, or Lucy Stone, but during the first half of the 19th century, her witty and persuasive writing and lecturing on women's rights and other important reforms gained her a national reputation. Freelance writer Eickhoff offers an engagingly written portrait of this fascinating woman. After divorcing a man who squandered her assets and tried to separate her from her children, she married a progressive newspaper editor, writing for and eventually editing his newspaper until she moved on to a career as a traveling speaker. Nichols crossed the country, calling for abolition, temperance, and women's rights. Eickhoff has produced a readable treatment of this important feminist, based on solid research evidenced by the useful appendixes (e.g., on genealogical information), significant primary documents, and short biographical treatments of other early women's rights advocates. This first book-length biography of Nichols is recommended for larger public and all academic libraries with an interest in the early women's rights movement in the United States.-Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Clarina Nichols?s name may not spring to mind as quickly as Susan B. Anthony?s when people think about women?s suffrage, but Nichols?s work on the lecture circuit and as a newspaper columnist helped shape public opinion and pave the way for the passage of the 19th amendment. This fine biography takes advantage of newly discovered documentation of Nichols?s life, which she, to her later regret, did not preserve for posterity in memoirs. After escaping a troubled early marriage, Nichols married a newspaper publisher in Vermont and soon took over the business. From its pages she argued for women?s rights, abolition and temperance?the other great movements of her era?and her articles won her notice and a place in Anthony?s circle. Despite Nichols?s success as a speaker and public figure in the East, she felt the pull of the frontier and took her family to Kansas and later California, where her story takes on the less unique flavor of the pioneer tale. Eickhoff writes fluently, but also liberally quotes Nichols?s columns and letters, allowing readers to get a taste of her eloquence as well as her progressive views. Though gaps in her story remain and what is known is not necessarily the stuff of legend, readers interested in history and women?s rights will be glad to have learned about Nichols, a charismatic figure who had fallen out of history?s sight for so long. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Biography of the Vermont newspaper publisher and Kansas pioneer who overcame hardship and heartbreak and devoted her life to improving conditions to women. Author details the rise of the women's rights movement from 1848 to 1867, when Clarina Nichols is involved in historic suffrage campaign in Kansas. First published biography of subject.
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