Elizabeth Buffum Chace, 1806-1899: Her Life and Its Environment
by Wyman, Lillie Buffum; Wyman, Arthur Crawford
W.B. Clarke. Hardcover. Boston, 1914. 8vo, publisher's blue cloth, 355 + 373 pp. A scarce biography of the abolitionist and social reformer Elizabeth Buffum Chace, written by her daughter and fellow activist. The first volume focuses on the earlier part of her career, with a section on family history. The second volume covers the period 1872-1900, and covers her activist work and life during that time. With many illustrations of family members and colleagues. A near fine set with fine contents. Gift inscription on front free endpaper from Lillie, though we are not sure if it is in the author's hand. Some slight rubbing to cloth, very near fine overall. Scarce. "Elizabeth Buffum Chace labored continuously for those on the margins of society. Her Rhode Island suffrage colleague and labor organizer Frederic A. Hinckly wrote of her, "Wherever a question of justice, or of morality was concerned she rose at once to the largeness of the issue, and showed herself superior to the prejudices of class" (RIWSA Papers, R.I. State Archives). She was notable for her willingness to take unpopular stands on controversial issues, and she worked unceasingly for the causes she believed in. Chace was typical of a group of middle-class women who first became publicly active in the antislavery movement in the pre-Civil War era and who then went on to spearhead a multiplicity of reform initiatives at the state and national levels in the decades following the Civil War. Her life as a social activist spanned some sixty years." - ANB. OCLC 3970748 . Fine. 1914. First Edition. (Inventory #: SET0734)
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