by Stow, J.W.
STOW, J.W. Probate Confiscation and the Unjust Laws Which Govern Women. Boston: Published by the author and printed by Rand, Avery, & Co, 1877. Second edition, "Revised and enlarged" published one year after the first. Original red cloth boards, rebacked. Octavo, 5" x 7.5" in. 370 pages. "Why do I write this book? Why do I not do a purely womanly deed, and suffer in silence? Why do I refuse to turn the other cheek when one is smitten to a red hot flame with injustice and inhuman oppression?" begins Stow in her Preface, aptly subtitled "Casus belli". "I have been plundered of my fortune, time, and good feelings. I have been reduced to a state of beggary, because I could not handle my private property..." Stowe pens a spirited, accessible treatise on the economic and legal subjugation of women after she herself was rendered nearly penniless by the passing of her husband. Here she vigorously describes her dealings with the San Francisco Probate Court, and attempts to expose the injustice of the probate system. A fascinating source for scholars of women's history and legal history alike, the volume is a passionate and insightful first-hand account of the legal system as it was experienced by women in the United States in the latter quarter of the nineteenth-century, as well as a well-informed feminist legal tract calling for economic justice and property rights for women and widows and their children. Pages tight and clean, with only mild toning. Library stamp to all edges and to inside back cover. Shelfwear. overall in very good condition. (Inventory #: 17204)