"Rebel for Rights" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan

Rebel for Rights Abigail Scott Duniway Ruth Barnes Moynihan

Publication date:
10 Sep 1985
Yale University Press
300 pages: 235 x 156 x 23mm

The fascinating story of an indomitable pioneer woman who became a feminist, journalist, and national leader.

"This is a gem of a biography in which Abigail Duniway emerges as a feminist of major significance. Whether leading Susan B. Anthony into the makeshift outposts of the Oregon woods or herself crossing the continent from Portland to Boston to speak of everything from women's rights to monetary policy, Duniway's career ties the northwest frontier to the headlong rush of national history during the Gilded Age."?Lillian Schlissel, Director, American Studies Program, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

"A lively, balanced account of a caring, tireless worker who was an example to thousands?and also a warts-and-all human being."?Carolyn Battista, The New Haven Register

"Inspirational reading."?Lucile McDonald, The Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Moynihan has told the story of this remarkable woman with both sympathy and judgment; she points out Duniway's shortcomings and failures as well as her strengths and successes. Moynihan has set Duniway's story within the context of the nineteenth century frontier. Her convincing analysis of the influence of Duniway's family, she frontiers on which she lived, and the society in which she worked make this volume a valuable contribution not only to suffrage history but to the history of the American frontier."?Sandra L. Myres, Nebraska Journal of History

"Rebel for Rights, both authoritative and insightful, is the fist big step toward giving Abigail Scott Duniway the place in history she deserves. . . . All those interested in Oregon history and American herstory will find the book rich in detail and intellectually rewarding."?Lauren Kessler, Oregon Magazine

"As biography and as women's, family, and Western American history?Rebel for Rights will undoubtedly stand as a work of major importance."?David A. Johnson, Oregon Historical Quarterly

"[Moynihan] makes imaginative use of Duniway's serialized fiction, letters, and autobiography to develop a moving picture of the frontier woman's life of overwork and forced pregnancy and an illuminating description of the perspective that emerges from that experience. . . . A rich presentation of material gleaned from Duniway's writing and an interesting portrait of a complex individual."?Amy Kesselman, The Journal of American History

"This careful and well-written analysis of differences between women working for a common cause places Moynihan in the vanguard of women's history. And her finely honed description of the frontier context makes her book an important contribution to Western history as well."?Jacqueline S. Reinier, Journal of the West

"Moynihan has given us a full portrait of a fascinating and an important woman. . . . In this long-overdue study, Ruth Moynihan offers a number of thoughtful interpretations that merit our attention. Rebel for Rights is a valuable contribution to regional and women's history."?Susan H. Armitage, The Western Historical Quarterly