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Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President by Jill Norgren 0814758347 9780814758342
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Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President by Jill Norgren

View the Table of Contents. Read the Prologue.Foreword by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgNorgren eloquently and succinctly educates the reader on the story of the first woman to ever be allowed to argue before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the first woman to ever launch two full scale bids for this countrys presidency....Norgrens writing is engaging and her narrative is accessible yet rich with fact. --Feminist ReviewJill Norgrens study of Belva Lockwood (which comes with a graceful preface by Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is a very unusual book. . . . Norgren has the great discernment to see Lockwoods life as large and anticipatory rather than eccentric and half-realized. A legal historian of considerable skill, she ploughed through reams of records to construct an account of Lockwoods legal career. . . . The comparison [of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi to] Belva Lockwood is illuminating, because it was Lockwoods instinct for opportunity that took her out of womens politics, with their intact principles, into the thick of things. . . . The biographies of these women will be composed of the workaday, disenchanted materials of political lives--perseverance, competence, canniness, and, yes, a facility for the quick grab--that Belva Lockwood cultivated and prized. --Christine Stansell, The New Republic Astonishingly, this is the first scholarly biography of 19th-century activist Belva Lockwood. Lawyer, lobbyist, wife, mother, and contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lockwood was among the most formidable of equal rights advocates. The first female lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, therelentlessly ambitious Lockwood ran for the U.S. presidency in 1884 and 1888 on the Equal Rights Party ticket.Later she concentrated on her work for the Universal Peace Union and her Washington, DC, legal practice while maintaining a demanding public-speaking schedule. Her life was never easy, as she constantly fought to surmount political and legal barriers and to support her family. Although few of Lockwoods papers have survived, Norgren has delivered an able and long overdue study of Lockwoods life, drawing on newspapers, magazines, organizational records, and the papers of Lockwoods contemporaries. Though the book emphasizes Lockwoods career, the inclusion of information on her family and friends gives added dimension. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries; essential for womens history collections. --Library Journal, starred reviewMany biographers would balk at the paucity of archival sources, but Norgren persisted. . . . In [Norgrens] credible narrative, Lockwood emerges as a shrewd self-promoter, never hesitating to garner publicity for herself and her causes. . . . In eloquent detail, Norgren shows how Lockwood loved the law. --New York SunLong before Hillary Clinton, there was Belva Lockwood: two-time presidential hopeful, Lockwood campaigned in 1884 and 1888 on a platform of womens suffrage. In the first full-length biography of this feminist pioneer, legal historian Norgren has meticulously researched what little has remained of Lockwoods papers, most of which were destroyed after her death. --Publishers Weekly AnnexIn this thoroughly researched and beautifully written biography, Jill Norgren traces Belva Lockwoods doggedefforts to earn a living as a lawyer in Washington while caring for her daughter and becoming a leading advocate for womans suffrage and the peaceful arbitration of international disputes. Norgrens brilliant study makes clear why Lockwood--the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court (1879) and run for President (1884 and 1888)--belongs in the ranks of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frances Willard. --John M. Ferren, author of Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: the Story of Justice Wiley RutledgeJill Norgren beautifully weaves the personal and

Author: Jill Norgren

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 311

Publisher: NYU Press

Publication Date: 2007-03-01

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