Alva Vanderbilt Belmont : unlikely champion of women's rights / Sylvia D. Hoffert.

By: Hoffert, Sylvia DMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0253005604; 9780253005601Subject(s): Feminists -- United States -- Biography | Suffragists -- United States -- Biography | Women political activists -- United States -- Biography | Socialites -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Rich people -- New York (State) -- New York -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 305.42092 | B LOC classification: HQ1413.B44 | H64 2012Other classification: MG 70285 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
An Impossible Child -- Every Inch a General -- A Sex Battle -- Immortalizing the Lady in Affecting Prose -- Belmont's Orphan Child -- The Last Word -- Postscript: My Turn -- Appendix: Belmont's Financial Contributions to Woman's Rights.
Action note: digitized 2011 committed to preserveSummary: A New York socialite and feminist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was known to be domineering, temperamental, and opinionated. Her resolve to get her own way regardless of the consequences stood her in good stead when she joined the American woman suffrage movement in 1909. Thereafter, she used her wealth, her administrative expertise, and her social celebrity to help convince Congress to pass the 19th Amendment and then to persuade the exhausted leaders of the National Woman's Party to initiate a world wide equal rights campaign. Sylvia D. Hoffert argues that Belmont was a feminist visionary and tha.
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An Impossible Child -- Every Inch a General -- A Sex Battle -- Immortalizing the Lady in Affecting Prose -- Belmont's Orphan Child -- The Last Word -- Postscript: My Turn -- Appendix: Belmont's Financial Contributions to Woman's Rights.

A New York socialite and feminist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was known to be domineering, temperamental, and opinionated. Her resolve to get her own way regardless of the consequences stood her in good stead when she joined the American woman suffrage movement in 1909. Thereafter, she used her wealth, her administrative expertise, and her social celebrity to help convince Congress to pass the 19th Amendment and then to persuade the exhausted leaders of the National Woman's Party to initiate a world wide equal rights campaign. Sylvia D. Hoffert argues that Belmont was a feminist visionary and tha.

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In this nuanced biography, Hoffert (emer., Texas A&M) argues persuasively that wealthy philanthropist Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's contributions to the women's rights movement were as "noteworthy" as those of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Alice Paul. Belmont not only gave thousands of dollars to women's suffrage campaigns and related initiatives, but also purchased buildings and furniture for them, paid their property taxes and insurance, and subsidized and sheltered several radical activists in the US and abroad from 1909 until her death in 1933. A demanding, often tyrannical New York-Newport socialite, Belmont carefully cultivated her own celebrity status in the US press, then manipulated it throughout her life to support political causes that would benefit all women. Hoffert's refined understanding of how a biographer's subjectivity shapes the narrative of someone else's life strengthens her engaging look at Belmont's place in history. In addition, her expert handling of the autobiographical source material reveals how intricately woven good biography can be. Since Belmont left no papers, the three memoirs that she dictated became crucial to understanding the legacy she attempted to build. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. A. McEuen Transylvania University

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Sylvia D. Hoffert is Emerita Professor of History at Texas A&M University and author of A History of Gender in America and Jane Grey Swisshem: An Unconventional Life.

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