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Meditations from the Pen

Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879)

1. 00 - Preface/Letters and Commendations
2. 01 - Sufferings During The War
3. 02 - Religion - Introduction
4. 03 - Religion - Prayer
5. 04 - Meditations Introduction, I, II and Prayer
6. 05 - Meditations III, IV and Prayer
7. 06 - Meditations V, VI, VII and Prayer
8. 07 - Meditation VIII and Prayer
9. 08 - Meditations IX, X and Prayer
10. 09 - Meditations XI, XII and Prayer
11. 10 - Meditation XIII, Prayer and Meditation XIV
12. 11 - Lecture
13. 12 - An Address Delivered Before The Afric-American Female Intelligence Society of Boston
14. 13 - An Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall, Boston
15. 14 - Mrs. Stewart's Farewell Address To Her Friends In The City Of Boston

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Maria W. Stewart was America's first black woman political writer. Between 1831 and 1833, she gave four speeches on the topics of slavery and women's rights. Meditations From The Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart—published in 1879 shortly before her death—is a collection of those speeches as well as her memoir, some meditations and prayers. They are political, poetical and sermon all at the same time; but in the mileu in which she lectured, they were a critically important part of the abolitionist movement years before the contributions of others such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. Her speeches and essays espoused a return to Christian values and morality, but also proposed fundamental changes in gender roles in the midst of tremendous public opposition to the rights of blacks and of women. (Introduction by James K. White)