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by Sarah Bates

420 pages
Women's rights pioneer fears past and destroys damaging personal diaries.

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About the Book
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.


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 customer
I just finished "The Lost Diaries" and must say the author has done a tremendous job. She brought the old girl to life - I've always been stuck with the image that her pictures give off - that of a nice old fat lady - but the author presented her in a totally different light. I don't know what I was expecting… but she has a knack. This book is very, very readable.
- Bob Gould, Johnstown New York


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About the Author
Sarah Bates Sarah Bates’ first novel Twenty-One Steps of Courage published in 2012. Her short stories appeared in Bravura Literary Magazine, The Greenwich Village Literary Journal, the San Diego North County Times and the anthology, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. She lives in Fallbrook, California.



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