The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
by Sarah Bates
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (February 15, 2016)
Category: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Tour Dates: Oct/Nov, 2016
Available in: Print & ebook, 420 Pages
From award winning author, Sarah Bates, Johnstown, New York, 1823: It is a time when a wife’s dowry, even children, automatically becomes her husband’s property. Slavery is an economic advantage entrenched in America but rumblings of abolition abound.
For Elizabeth Cady to confront this culture is unheard of, yet that is exactly what she does. Before she can become a leader of the women’s rights movement and prominent abolitionist, she faces challenges fraught with disappointment. Her father admires her intellect but says a woman cannot aspire to the goals of men. Her sister’s husband becomes her champion–but secretly wants more. Religious fervor threatens to consume her.
As she faces depression and despair, she records these struggles and other dark confidences in diaries. When she learns the journals might fall into the wrong hands and discredit her, she panics and rips out pages of entries that might destroy her hard-fought reputation. Relieved, she believes they are lost to history forever.
But are they? Travel with Elizabeth into American history and discover a young woman truly ahead of her time.
Praise for Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates
“Secrets of a suffragette. After six years of research and writing, author Sarah Bates has published a new novel detailing the early life of suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Bates crafted a historical novel weaving fictitious scenes around real events resulting in a story that reveals Elizabeth Cady the girl, who would become the famous suffragette. Throughout the novel, diary pages containing her innermost thoughts depict the fight for equality Cady faced in the 1800s.”-Village News
“a likely glimpse into what influenced her strong leanings for women’s rights, and for abolishing slavery. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning about the woman who was instrumental in forwarding the cause for women. She was a remarkable character, much before her time. This book is an encouragement to dig deeper into the history of our country and the amazing people who led the way.”- Jackie Wolfred, Goodreads Reviewer
“Reads like a novel, embraces well-researched facts like a work of non-fiction, and takes you through the early life of a woman’s suffrage pioneer. The book is an accurate and well-researched history done by a master of the descriptive word, thought and sentence.”- Dan Feltham, Amazon Reviewer
“A must read for anyone, especially those who love historical fiction. I picked up the book out of curiosity, and the author’s research and attention to historical details did not disappoint. The reader is pulled into the life of this determined young woman, and lives her triumphs and frustrations in a time where woman fought to have a voice. Very well written, and engaging until the end!”- Buyer KLR, Amazon Reviewer
“Despite the great books written about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Author Sarah Bates has managed to soar beyond the crowd with her refreshing and poignant portrayal of the famous suffragette. Bravo!”-Amazon Reviewer
About Sarah Bates
Sarah Bates worked as an advertising copywriter for ten years then as a freelance writer. Her clients included a book packager, the local chamber of commerce, a travel newsletter and a weekly newspaper where she covered business and schools.
Her short fiction has appeared in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, the San Diego North County Times (now the Union-Tribune) and the literary magazine Bravura. She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and co-author of the 2005 short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women.
She is the winner of Military Category, for Twenty-One Steps of Courage, Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2013) and 2nd Place Finalist, The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Unpublished Novel- Category, San Diego Book Awards (2015)
Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years. She continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students and is writing a new novel. Sarah Bates lives in Fallbrook, California.
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What Inspired Me to Write
The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
Years ago I bought a fragile slip of paper from an antique dealer on which were written these words, “Men are what their mothers make them.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton signed this declaration at the height of her career. Because reporters seeking to discredit Elizabeth and Susan B. Anthony misquoted the two women constantly, finally, these famous suffragettes had had enough. They agreed to comment for news stories but only if the reporters would publish their responses accurately. These signed notes meant the two women would leave the reporters alone if they were used. Apparently a truce left behind what antiques appraisers call an “autograph note sign”.
Elizabeth’s remark written on that yellowing scrap survived, possibly buried in the archives of some long-closed newspaper, and now I have it. The framed document is on the wall near my writing room. While immersed in the world of non-fiction, writing a series of brochures for a book packager, each time I passed that framed signature I heard a whispered plea. “Write about me,” a woman’s voice said. Eventually, I turned to fiction and short stories with contemporary themes, but the voice continued to nag. “Write about me.”
My curiosity peaked and I visited the library to research Elizabeth Cady Stanton. I found a book of speeches she wrote with Susan B. Anthony and not much else. Although the language of the time didn’t move me, the passion with which the sentiments were written gave me goose bumps. What is it about this woman that motivated her to speak out for change when doing so shined an unfavorable light on her? Did her family approve of her stance on abolition of slavery and women’s rights? I figured she must have been born into a home where progressive ideals were nurtured, where being different was celebrated. Not so, I discovered. The value of women as mothers and wives tasked with housekeeping and bearing children was revered in the Cady home, but not for their ability to be independent thinkers. If Elizabeth lived in this environment, why did she break free?
Turns out her father, Judge Daniel Cady, taught law students in his home, a customary practice for becoming an attorney in the 1800s. Energetic passionate arguments filled her home daily as the students went at it, and she listened, often hidden behind a door. So that’s the difference between the Cady household and many others, I figured, and set out to prove it. As soon as I began the research, finding two unequivocal references in Eighty Years and More, Stanton’s own memoir, and In Her Own Right, a biography by Elisabeth Griffith, I had the proof I sought. I read both books, eagerly jotting down page numbers where facts lay that supported my assumption that Elizabeth was indeed very different from other young women of her time. This proved to be the match that lit my inspiration. From then on, researching and writing, weaving practical fiction around exciting facts became my objective.
Did Elizabeth actually “speak” to me from that framed bit of paper? I think so, for she used every ounce of her being to change the laws that created equality for women. Her legacy continued in the efforts of suffragettes who followed in her footsteps, for on August 18, 1920, eighteen years after her death, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States ratified this language: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Today young women vote their conscience often not knowing why they are able to do so. Not me. I continue to be inspired by the woman who fought for my right to be an independent thinker and in that voting booth.
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