Amy Slagell Co-Edits Collection of Speeches and Writings of One of America's Most Important Social Reformers
"This collection is perfect, offering the best of Willard without overwhelming the reader. The documents chosen illustrate Willard's uncanny political sense and ability to turn a phrase, as well as her personal trajectory through the halls of temperance into the wide arena of national and inter-national reforms." --Mari Jo Buhle, William R. Kenan, Jr. University Professor of American civilization and history, Brown University
Gifford, Carolyn De Swarte and Amy Slagell, eds. "Let Something Good Be Said":
Speeches and Writings of Frances E. Willard. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Along with Carolyn De Swarte, Amy Slagell has co-edited the definitive collection of speeches and writings by Frances E. Willard. Thought to be the most famous woman in America at the time of her death, Frances E. Willard was best known for leading America's largest women's organization (the Woman's Christian Temperance Union), which shaped both domestic and international opinion on major political, economic, and social reform issues. Including Willard's representative speeches and published writings on everything from temperance and women's rights to the new labor movement and Christian socialism, "Let Something Good Be Said" is the first volume to collect the messages that inspired a generation of women to activism.