The Essential Historical Writings
Vintage, Paperback, 9780679753810, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 28, 1994
This richly diverse collection contains excerpts from books, essays, speeches, documents, and letters, as well as poetry, drama, and fiction by major feminist writers, including: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, George Sand, Mary Wollstonecraft, Abigail Adams, Emma Goldman, Friedrich Engels, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, John Stuart Mill, Margaret Sanger, Virginia Woolf, and many others.
The pieces in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writingscover the crucial challenges faced by women, including marriage as an instrument of oppression; a woman's desire to control her own body; the economic independence of women; and the search for selfhood, and extensive commentaries by the editor help the reader see the historical context of each selection.
"This anthology is part of a shelf of early second-wave feminist books that I've carried with me wherever I lived for years to help remind me of the early, exciting days of recovering past texts."
-- Adrienne Rich