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The Resource Shameless : the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols, Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt

Shameless : the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols, Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt

Label
Shameless : the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols
Title
Shameless
Title remainder
the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols
Statement of responsibility
Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Though little known today, Mary Gove Nichols (1810-84) was once one of the most infamous and influential women in America, a radical social reformer who preached equality in marriage, free love, spiritualism, the health risks of corsets and masturbation, the benefits of the cold-water cure, and, above all, the importance of happiness. A victim of emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her first husband, she made it her life's work to ensure that other women were better informed about their bodies and their opportunities than she had been. After leaving her first husband, she became a national figure in the 1840s and '50s by giving anatomy lectures around the country, attended by thousands of women, in which she openly discussed the needs, details, and desires of the female body. With her second husband, medical writer and social reformer Thomas Low Nichols, she embarked on an unprecedented intellectual and professional collaboration, and together they challenged the inequities of conventional marriage, demanded the right of every woman to have control over her own body, and advocated universal good health." "Considered too radical and mercurial even by their fellow reformers, especially after their conversion to Catholicism, Mary and her husband were often excluded from the very social causes they had helped to found - just as they have been from the histories of their era. In Shameless, Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt offers the first biography of this woman who paved the way for such activists as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Margaret Sanger. Drawing on the extensive public and private writings of the Nicholses and their peers, Silver-Isenstadt portrays Mary Gove Nichols's courageous life and visionary intellect, revealing the rich diversity of opinion within nineteenth-century America's social reform movements and uncovering the inspiring story of a woman who dared to live by the utopian principles she advocated."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Silver-Isenstadt, Jean L
Dewey number
  • 303.484/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1413.N53
LC item number
S55 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nichols, Mary Sargeant Gove
  • Nichols, Thomas Low
  • Women social reformers
  • Women health reformers
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physicians
Label
Shameless : the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols, Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
46829304
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 342 pages
Isbn
9780801868481
Lccn
2001002226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Shameless : the visionary life of Mary Gove Nichols, Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
46829304
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 342 pages
Isbn
9780801868481
Lccn
2001002226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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