Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1854 “Address to the Legislature of New York” and the Paradox of Social Reform RhetoricRhetoric Review (2010)
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.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
- social reform,
- moral class,
- rhetorical analysis,
Citation InformationRyan Skinnell. "Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1854 “Address to the Legislature of New York” and the Paradox of Social Reform Rhetoric" Rhetoric Review Vol. 29 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ryan_skinnell/2/