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READING LUCRETIA MOTT:

WORKS BY and ABOUT LUCRETIA MOTT and JAMES MOTT

BACKGROUND READING ABOUT MOTT, HER ASSOCIATES and HER TIMES

Unless otherwise noted, all items are located in the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College or the Haverford College Quaker Collection.  For more information about the item, search the libraries' electronic catalogue, Tripod.  Please note:  these items do not circulate outside of the libraries.

WORKS BY and ABOUT LUCRETIA MOTT and JAMES MOTT

Bacon, Margaret Hope. Lucretia Mott: Holy Obedience and Human Liberation : A Paper to Be Read at the Symposium on Quaker Women, Guilford College, March 16-17-18 [1978].
 
———. Valiant Friend : The Life of Lucretia Mott. New York, N.Y.: Walker, 1980.
 
———. Valiant Friend : The Life of Lucretia Mott. [2nd ] ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Friends General Conference, 1999.
 
 
Lucretia Mott [videorecording].    Produced and directed by Elaine Prater Hodges.  Take One Productions, Philadelphia Area Cultural Consortium, and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Screenplay by Margaret Hope Bacon.  Mount Laurel, NJ: NFL Films Video, 1985.
            Scenes from the life of Lucretia Mott, showing her involvement with the Underground Railroad and with the Modoc Indians.
 
 
Barth, Ramona Sawyer. Release to the Captives : The Story of Lucretia Mott. [No place, no publisher], 1943.
            In The Christian Register, Vol. 122, no. 1 (Jan. 1943).
 
 
Bolton, Sarah Knowles. Lives of Girls Who Became Famous. New York: Crowell, 1886.
 
 
Brown, Ira V. Pennsylvania Reformers : From Penn to Pinchot. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1966.

 
 Bryant, Jennifer. Lucretia Mott: A Guiding Light. Grand Rapids, MI: W. Eerdmans Pub., 1995.
            Written for young readers.

 
Burnett, Constance Buel. Five for Freedom : Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt. New York: Abelard Press, 1953,
and New York : Greenwood Press, 1968.
 
———. Lucretia Mott, Girl of Old Nantucket. Indianapolis ; New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Co. Inc., 1951.
 
 
Cromwell, Otelia. Lucretia Mott. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958.
 
———. Lucretia Mott. New York: Russell & Russell, 1971.
 
 
Davis, Lucile. Lucretia Mott: a Photo-Illustrated Biography. Mankato, MN: Bridgestone Books, 1998.
            Written for young readers.

 

DeAngelis, Gina. Lucretia Mott. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2001.
            Written for young readers.

 

Ducas, Angeline. Lucretia Mott: Woman of Eloquence. 1953.
            M.A. thesis, Emerson College.
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.

 

Faber, Doris. Lucretia Mott, Foe of Slavery.  Champaign, Ill.:  Garrard Pub. Co.,  1971.
            Written for young readers.
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.

Fisher, Katharine. Lucretia and Elizabeth : London 1840 - Seneca Falls 1848. [No place, no publisher], 1923.
            About Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

 

Furness, William Henry. God and Immortality : A Discourse in Memory of Lucretia Mott. Philadelphia: Office of the Journal, 1881.

 
 
Greene, Dana. Lucretia Mott : ‘A Woman of Sufficient Confidence'. Washington, D.C.: American Association of University Women, 1980.
            In Graduate Woman, Vol. 74, no. 3 ( May-June 1980). 
 
———. Quaker Feminism : The Case of Lucretia Mott. [University Park, Pa., 1981].
            In Pennsylvania History, Vol. 48, no. 2 (Apr. 1982).

Graham, Maureen. Women of Power and Presence : The Spiritual Formation of Four Quaker Women Ministers, Pendle Hill Pamphlet ; 294. Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Publications, 1990.
          Includes chapters on Lucretia Mott.

 
Grew, Mary. James Mott : A Biographical Sketch. New York: W. P. Tomlinson, [1868].
 
 
Hallowell, Anna Davis. James and Lucretia Mott : Life and Letters. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1884.
 
———. James and Lucretia Mott : Life and Letters. Boston ; New York: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1885.
 
———. James and Lucretia Mott : Life and Letters. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1896.
 
 
Hanaford, Phebe A.  Lucretia, the Quakeress  or, Principle Triumphant . [No place, no publisher, no date].
            A fictional work about Mott’s antislavery activities.
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.
 
———.  Lucretia, the Quakeress  or, Principle Triumphant.  2d ed.
Boston:  J. Buffum, 1856.
            A fictional work about Mott’s antislavery activities.
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.
 
 
Hare, Lloyd Custer Mayhew. The Greatest American Woman : A Life of Lucretia Mott, Social Pioneer. Somerville, N.J.: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1936.
 
———. The Greatest American Woman, Lucretia Mott. New York, N. Y.: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1937.


Henry, F. F. Lucretia Coffin in Nantucket. [Abington, Pa.], 1974.
            In Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 35 (1974).
 
 
Hicks, Caroline. Some Reminiscences of Lucretia Mott. 1893].
            In Long Island Magazine. Vol. 1, no. 4 (Nov. 1893).
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.


Kurland, Gerald. Lucretia Mott, Early Leader of the Women's Liberation Movement. Charlotteville, N.Y. : SamHar Press, 1972.


Lippincott, Horace Mather. Lucretia Mott and Her Religious Principles, 1954. .
            In Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 18 (1954).

 

Lucretia Mott, 1793-1880. Philadelphia: Office of the Journal, 1880.
            Includes biographical sketches and personal recollections and tributes from friends and colleagues upon Mott’s death. The Journal was a paper devoted to the interests of the Society of Friends.

The Lucretia Coffin Mott Papers Project. Pomona California. Beverly Wilson Palmer, Editor.
http://www.mott.pomona.edu/
Established in October, 1997, this project has published a one-volume edition:
Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin MottUrbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Edited by Beverly Wilson Palmer, Holly Byers Ochoa, and Carol Faulkner. The 200 selections provide a critical woman's perspective on the important issues of the time: slavery, women's position in society, religious freedom, and the philosophy of non-resistance. Included in the volume is a calendar of all letters located to or from Mott. The project has established a database of 1,436 documents which includes all known letters to and from Lucretia Mott.

 
Marks, Jeannette Augustus and  U. S. Guyer. Lucretia Mott : Extension of Remarks of Hon. U.S. Guyer of Kansas in the House of Representatives, Monday, January 11, 1943. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1943.
            Representative Guyer read into the Congressional Record "interpretations of Lucretia Mott by Jeannette Marks."
 
 
Morrison, David Jenkins.  A Guide Book to Historic LaMott: the Activities at Camp
William Penn ; the Life of Lucretia Mott ; a History of the Village of LaMott. [Published by]  David Jenkins Morrison, prepared expressly for persons attending the
LaMott Historical Celebration, May 5, 1974. [Philadelphia]:  Cheltenham Township Historical Commission, 1974.
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.
 
 
Mott, Lucretia. In: American Sermons. New York: Library of America : Distributed by Penguin Putnam, 1999.
            Includes Mott’s “Abuses and Uses of the Bible.”
 
———. Discourse on Woman. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, 1850.
            A speech by Mott on women’s rights.
 
———. Discourse on Woman ... : Delivered at the Assembly Buildings, December 17, 1849. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, 1850.
            A speech by Mott on women’s rights.

———. Discourse on Woman : Delivered at the Assembly Buildings, December 17, 1849. Philadelphia: W. P. Kildare, 1869.
            A speech by Mott on women’s rights.
 
———.  In: The First Convention Ever Called to Discuss the Civil and Political Rights of Women, Seneca Falls, N. Y., July 19, 20, 1848.
 "This call was published in the Seneca County Courier, July 14, 1848, without any signatures. The movers of this Convention, who drafted the call, the declaration and resolutions were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha C. Wright, Mary Ann McClintock,  and Jane C. Hunt."
 
———.  In: Free Religious Association (Boston Mass.). Report of Addresses at a Meeting Held in Boston, May 30, 1867, to Consider the Conditions, Wants, and Prospects of Free Religion in America : Together with the Constitution of the Free Religious Association There Organized. Boston: Adams & Co., 1867 and Boston: Press of John Wilson and Son, 1871.
            "Remarks of Mrs. Lucretia Mott": p. 11-15.
 
———. From the Women of Philadelphia U.S.A. In Answer to the Friendly Address of the Women of Exeter, England, on the Subject of Peace, 1846.
            Autograph draft of the reply to women of Exeter, England, in response to their plea urging their American sisters to help prevent war between England and the United States.  This draft, of which the final version no longer exists, warns that a mother could sow the seed of bloodthirsty ambition in her son "when in his childish hours she gave him tiny weapons, and taught him how to mimic war's murderous game." Lucretia Mott was the principal author of the letter.
 
———. The Liberty Bell. Boston: Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Fair, 1844.
 Includes one anti-slavery chapter by Mott.
 
———. Lucretia Mott : Her Complete Speeches and Sermons. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1980.  Edited by Dana Greene.
 
———.  Lucretia Mott Speaking : Excerpts from the Sermons & Speeches of a Famous Nineteenth Century Quaker Minister & Reformer. [Wallingford, Pa.]: Pendle Hill, 1980. Edited by Margaret Hope Bacon.
 
———. Proceedings of the Regular Autumnal Convention of Unitarian Christians : Held in the City of Philadelphia, October 20th, 1846. Philadelphia: Published by Richard Beresford, 1846.

———. Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Edited by Beverly Wilson Palmer, Holly Byers Ochoa, and Carol Faulkner.
 
———. A Sermon Delivered in the Unitarian Church in the City of Washington, by Lucretia Mott, First Month 15, 1843. Salem, Ohio: Davis and Pound Printers, 1843.
 
———. A Sermon to the Medical Students. Philadelphia: Zeiber, 1849.
 
———. A Sermon to the Medical Students, Delivered by Lucretia Mott, at Cherry Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, on First-Day Evening, Second Month 11th, 1849. Philadelphia: Merrihew and Thompson, 1849.
 
———. Slavery and the "Woman Question" : Lucretia Mott's Diary of Her Visit to Great Britain to Attend the World's Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840.  Haverford, Pa.: Friends' Historical Association; London: Friends' Historical Society, 1952.    Edited by Frederick B. Tolles. The Journal of the Friends' Historical Society, Supplement no. 23.  
 
———.  In: Slavery and Theology : Writings of Seven Quaker Reformers, 1800-1870 ; Elias Hicks, Joseph John Gurney, Elizabeth Gurney Fry, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Levi Coffin, John Greenleaf Whittier, John Bright. Dublin, Ind.: Prinit Press, 1985.
 
 
 
Pagliaro, Penny Fankhouser. The Education and Radical Thought of Lucretia Mott : A Partial Biography. 1976.
 
———. The Uncommon Education of Lucretia Mott. Honolulu, 1977.
 
 
Palmer, William Kimberley. Immortal Lucretia Mott. [Chicopee, Mass.:  1937].
            An ode to Mott.  First line: Daughter of Nantucket Isle!
            Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.

 
Parry, Ellwood C. Promised Land, 1968.
            "La Mott" was a community near the Mott family home.
            In Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 29 (Nov. 1968).

   
Pettit, Joseph. Eulogy on Lucretia Mott. [Philadelphia?: no publisher, 1881].
            A tribute in verse.
           
 
Ritter, J. Bradford. Lucretia Mott : A Profile in Concern. [No place: no publisher], 1972.
            Typewritten manuscript.
 
 
Rosenberger, Homer Tope. Montgomery County's Greatest Lady : Lucretia Mott. [Pennsylvania], 1948.
            In The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Vol. 6, no. 2 (April 1948).
           
 
Roslewicz, Elizabeth A. Educating Adults through Distinctive Public Speaking : Lucretia Mott, Quaker Minister, 1999.
            Ph.D. thesis,  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 
Ryan, Ann. Nothing 'Too Sacred to Question':  the Spirituality of Lucretia Mott. 2000.
            Ph.D. Thesis, Graduate Theological Union.
            
Not in Friends Historical Library or Haverford Quaker Collection.


Sawyer, Kem Knapp, and Leslie Carow. Lucretia Mott : Friend of Justice, Picture-Book Biography Series. Lowell, Massachusetts: Discovery Enterprises, 1991.
           
Written for young readers.

Spain, Shirley. Lucretia Mott. Philadelphia: Committee on Education, Friends General Conference, 1942.

 Stamp Depicting Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Stanton and Carrie C. Catt. [Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1948].
            A United States postage stamp commemorating the convention at Seneca Falls on women's rights.

 
 
Sterling, Dorothy. Lucretia Mott. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York , 1999.
        
Written for young readers.

——. Lucretia Mott, Gentle Warrior. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1964.
        
Written for young readers.
 
Stiehm, Jamie Elizabeth. "Nothing as Favor but as Right" : Lucretia Mott, a Case Study of the Origins of American Feminism, 1983.
            Senior history thesis, Swarthmore College.

 
Still, William. The Underground Rail Road : A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &C., Narrating the Hardships, Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom, As Related By Themselves and Others, Or Witnessed By the Author; Together With Sketches of Some of the Largest Stockholders, and Most Liberal Aiders and Advisers, of the Road. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.
            Includes references to Lucretia Mott.
 
 
Triplett, Wallace. History of La Mott. 1949.
            "La Mott" was a community near the Mott family home.
            Not in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College or Haverford College Quaker Collection.
 
 
Vipont, Elfrida. A Faith to Live By. Philadelphia: Friends General Conference Religious Education Committee, 1962.
            
Includes a chapter on Lucretia Mott.
———. Quakerism : A Faith to Live By. London: Bannisdale Press, 1965. 
             
Includes a chapter on Lucretia Mott.
 
Voskuil, Margaret Helen. The Enduring Ideal : The Inspiration of Lucretia Mott and Louisa May Alcott to Personal Achievement, 1937.
            Typed manuscript. George Fox prize essay, Swarthmore College.

 

Background Reading

Lucretia Mott, Her Associates and Her Times

 

Alonso, Harriet Hyman. Peace as a Women's Issue : A History of the U.S. Movement for World Peace and Women's Rights.  Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1993.
 

Anderson, Bonnie S. Joyous Greetings : The First International Women's Movement, 1830-1860. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
 
  

Bacon, Margaret Hope. The Night They Burned Pennsylvania Hall : A Chapter in the Struggle for the Liberation of Slaves and Women. Philadelphia, PA: Friends General Conference, 1992.
              A drama about the burning of Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia.
 

Brown, Ira V. Mary Grew, Abolitionist and Feminist, 1813-1896. Selinsgrove [Pa.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London: Associated University Presses, 1991.  
         Includes many references to Lucretia and James Mott.


Culver, Elsie Thomas. Women in the World of Religion. [1st ] ed. New York: Doubleday, 1967.

Dixon, Chris. Perfecting the Family : Antislavery Marriages in Nineteenth-Century America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Douglas, Emily Taft. Remember the Ladies : The Story of Great Women Who Helped Shape America. New York: Putnam, 1966.

Equal Rights. Washington: National Woman's Party, 1943.

Hanaford, Phebe A. Daughters of America : Or, Women of the Century. Augusta, Me.: True and Co., 1883.

Hersh, Blanche Glassman. Slavery of Sex : Feminist-Abolitionists in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1978.

Kashatus, William C. The Friends Fight for Freedom, 1988.
           
In Pennsylvania Heritage,  Vol. 14, no. 3 (Summer 1988).

Keller, Rosemary Skinner, and Rosemary Radford Ruether. In Our Own Voices : Four Centuries of American Women's Religious Writing. 1st ed. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.

Lutz, Alma. Crusade for Freedom : Women of the Antislavery Movement. Boston: Beacon Press, 1968.

McFadden, Margaret. Golden Cables of Sympathy : The Transatlantic Sources of Nineteenth-Century Feminism. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

McPherson, James M., Alan Brinkley, and Christine Stansell. Days of Destiny : Crossroads in American History : America's Greatest Historians Examine Thirty-One Uncelebrated Days That Changed the Course of History. 1st American ed. New York : DK Pub., 2001.
           
Includes a chapter on The Seneca Falls Convention, including references to Mott.


Nash, Gary B. First City : Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Our Famous Women : An Authorized Record of the Lives and Deeds of Distinguished American Women of Our Times. Hartford, Conn.: A.D. Worthington and Co., 1884.

Papachristou, Judith. Women Together : A History in Documents of the Women's Movement in the United States. 1st American ed. New York: Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1976.

Parton, James, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Eminent Women of the Age : Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of the Most Prominent Women of the Present Generation. Hartford, Conn.: S.M. Betts & Co., 1868.

Quaker Torch Bearers. Philadelphia: Friends General Conference, 1943.

Reed, Myrtle and Mary Badollet Powell. Happy Women. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1913.

Riegel, Robert Edgar. American Feminists. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1963.

Selvidge, Marla J. Notorious Voices : Feminist Biblical Interpretation, 1550-1920. New York: Continuum, 1996.

Shultis, Elizabeth C. Seneca Falls, 1848 : All Men and Women Are Created Equal : A Dramatization. Seneca Falls, N.Y.: Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation, 1984.

Sklar, Kathryn Kish. Women's Rights Emerges within the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1830-1870 : A Brief History with Documents. The Bedford Series in History and Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000.

Speicher, Anna M. The Religious World of Antislavery Women : Spirituality in the Lives of Five Abolitionist Lecturers. 1st ed. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Swarthmore College. Proceedings on the Inauguration of Swarthmore College : Eleventh Month 10th, 1869. Philadelphia: Merrihew & Son Printer, 1869.
           
Lucretia Mott was a founder of Swarthmore College, and was present at the inauguration.

Tinling, Marion. With Women's Eyes : Visitors to the New World, 1775-1918. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1993.

 

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