Meditations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart

Maria W. Stewart (1803 - 1880)

Maria W. Stewart was America's first black woman political writer. Between 1831 and 1833, she gave four speeches on the topics of slavery and women's rights. Meditations From The Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart—published in 1879, shortly before her death—is a collection of those speeches as well as her memoir, some meditations and prayers. They are political, poetical and sermon all at the same time; but in the milieu in which she lectured, they were a critically important part of the abolitionist movement years before the contributions of others such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. Her speeches and essays espoused a return to Christian values and morality, but also proposed fundamental changes in gender roles in the midst of tremendous public opposition to the rights of blacks and of women. (Introduction by James K. White)

Genre(s): Poetry, *Non-fiction, Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface/Letters and Commendations James K. White
Play 01 01 - Sufferings During The War James K. White
Play 02 02 - Religion - Introduction James K. White
Play 03 03 - Religion - Prayer James K. White
Play 04 04 - Meditations Introduction, I, II and Prayer James K. White
Play 05 05 - Meditations III, IV and Prayer James K. White
Play 06 06 - Meditations V, VI, VII and Prayer James K. White
Play 07 07 - Meditation VIII and Prayer James K. White
Play 08 08 - Meditations IX, X and Prayer James K. White
Play 09 09 - Meditations XI, XII and Prayer James K. White
Play 10 10 - Meditation XIII, Prayer and Meditation XIV James K. White
Play 11 11 - Lecture James K. White
Play 12 12 - An Address Delivered Before The Afric-American Female Intelligence Society of Boston James K. White
Play 13 13 - An Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall, Boston James K. White
Play 14 14 - Mrs. Stewart's Farewell Address To Her Friends In The City Of Boston James K. White