Sally McMillen, author of “Lucy Stone, An Unapologetic Life,” will give a talk on Lucy Stone and how her experiences reflected larger events taking place during a vibrant period in American history Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. McMillen’s presentation will kick off the library’s annual Discover History Month in October.

By the 1850s, Stone, a 19th-century abolitionist and suffragist, was one of the most famous women in America. She was a brilliant orator, played a leading role in organizing and participating in national women’s rights conventions; served as president of the American Equal Rights Association; co-founded and helped lead the American Woman Suffrage Association; and founded and edited the Woman’s Journal, the most enduring, influential women’s newspaper of its day. Yet history has relegated her to a far less important role than those of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Stone was a pivotal leader in the fight for both abolition and gender equality, her achievements marked the beginning of the women’s rights movement and helped to lay the groundwork for the eventual winning of women’s suffrage. Yet today, most Americans have never heard of her. McMillen sets out to address this significant historical oversight with her biography of Stone, restoring her to her rightful place at the center of the 19th-century women’s rights movement.

Encompassing Stone’s marriage to Henry Blackwell and the birth of their daughter, Alice, as well as her significant friendships with Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and others, McMillen’s biography paints a complete picture of Stone’s influential and eminently important life and work.

McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College. Her books include “Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement”; “Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing”; and “To Raise Up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865-1915.”

Other events in Camden Public Library’s Discover History Month will include a photo exhibit on “Korea: The Forgotten War”; a history of Frontier Maine with Hank Lunn, based on the history of Houlton, on Oct. 11; a presentation on Maine historical maps with Matthew Edney from the Osher Map Library on Oct. 13; and  a talk by local historian Kerry Hardy on Old Roads, Trails, & Maps on Oct. 27.

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