And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists

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Feminist Press
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5.5 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author
Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, is a feminist philanthropist, activist, and scholar. The founder or co-founder of several organizations including the Sister Fund and Women Moving Millions, she also developed, with husband Harville Hendrix, the Imago mode of relationship therapy. She is the author of Faith and Feminism and the coauthor of bestsellers including Giving the Love That Heals and Making Marriage Simple.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span, and Democracy Now.
"Enlightening work. . . .A reminder that women have always been political and loud and brave in the faces of those who say we can't be." --Bust magazine "A powerful and pleasurable read. . . . Hunt has done the feminist movement a service by breathing new life into the memory of its earliest days." --Bitch magazine "Timely reading." --Kirkus Reviews "An inspiring look at a neglected part of history. Recommended for readers interested in women's rights, feminism, and political organizing." --Library Journal "We may never know why Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony chose to start their history of women's suffrage with Seneca Falls, not the earlier convention of abolitionist suffragists who fought against cruelties imposed by race and sex, but thanks to the revelations in And The Spirit Moved Them, this crucial and inspiring history is no longer lost to us. A must read for all who care about the past and present intertwining of sex and race--in other words, who care about human rights." --Gloria Steinem, author of My Life on the Road "Helen Lakelly Hunt brings to life a lost chapter in American history of great historical importance--and of direct relevance to our turbulent times. It shows how working together across races and classes women can challenge entrenched beliefs justifying domination and injustice. I highly recommend this beautifully written book for everyone, young and old." --Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade "Helen LaKelly Hunt has a rare talent for illuminating lost chapters of history. She sheds light on the little-known intersectional beginnings of American feminism, reminding us that human relationships lie at the heart of every lasting social movement. This is a story to be shared with all the women in your life." --Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder BET "Helen Hunt tells us a little known but profoundly moving story from the annals of American history. It is a story that needs to be told, now more than ever before; a story of sisterhood that is as deeply spiritual as it is political, a sisterhood that defied the racial barriers of its day to create a movement with lasting impact. More than a century later, we have lessons we need to learn from them. Let their brave and fierce voices no longer be lost to history." --Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Center "These stories can't be hidden any longer, just as we can no longer deny the bias and prejudice that resides so deeply in our systems, culture, and ourselves. Thank you, Helen LaKelly Hunt, for discovering and bringing forth the contribution of these women, willing to risk all to stand for justice and human dignity." --Lauren Embrey, Founder, Dallas Faces Race