Women’s History Month~Mary Ann Shadd Cary


Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an African American abolitionist, suffragist, educator, journalist, editor, lecturer and late in life a lawyer. During the Civil War she helped to recruit black soldiers for the Union Army. Because she was frank and outspoken all her life, opponents described her as “unladylike”– a common criticism made against “uppity” nineteenth century women. She was born on October 9, 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, and died on June 5,1893 in Washington, D.C.


Mary Ann Shadd Cary


To learn more about her, see: Traveling Economies: American Women’s Travel Writing (2007) by Jennifer Bernhardt Steadman; I Dare Not Fail: Notable African American Educators (2004) by Mary Wilds; Black Leaders of the Nineteenth Century (1988) edited by August Meier and Leon Litwack; Shadd: the Life and Times of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1977) by Jim Bearden and Linda Jean Butler; The Blacks in Canada: a History (1971) by R. W. Winks; Black Utopia: Negro Communal Experiments in America (1963) by William H Pease and Jane H Pease; Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction (1926) by Hallie Q Brown; The Rising Son (1874) by William Wells Brown

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