Form and Content

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In Oh, Lizzie! The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Doris Faber presents a semifictionalized, narrative account of the life of Stanton from age eleven to eighty-seven. Much of the narrative is presented in dialogue, which breaks up the text and helps the story to flow more smoothly. Using primary source material, Faber has created a highly readable story in which each chapter details an event from Stanton’s life. Throughout the book, the author points out how these events contributed to the development of Stanton’s thought on women’s rights.

Faber details the events of Stanton’s life and her story receives primary attention; however, the book also conveys a wealth of information about nineteenth century life and social issues. Stanton’s interest in women’s rights started when, as a visitor to her father’s law office, she heard the stories of women who had no protection from profligate fathers, husbands, or sons. At one point, she decided to cut all the discriminatory laws concerning women out of her father’s law books and thereby achieve equality through the snip of her scissors.

Elizabeth’s husband, Henry B. Stanton, brought her into contact with the abolitionist movement. Through him, Stanton met Lucretia Mott, a Quaker activist, at the 1840 abolitionist convention in London, England. Both women, outraged by the hypocritical treatment of the female delegates, vowed to hold a women’s rights convention to showcase...

(The entire section is 539 words.)