Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Speech for the Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society

(1860)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s education, unorthodox for a woman of that era, is apparent in her writing. Her articles and speeches are full of classical and biblical references and demonstrate her knowledge of history. In turn, Stanton’s early conversations with her father and his law clerks are apparent in the logical development of her arguments. She backs up her positions with engaging examples and uses wit and down-to-earth common sense to capture her audience. In her Speech for the Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, delivered at the society’s annual meeting in May 1860, Stanton attacks slavery and acknowledges the work of abolitionists while, at the same time, drawing attention to the inferior and degraded position of women in society.