Thursday, March 20, 2008

Book Tag

My cousin, Arwen, tagged me with book tag. Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open it at page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence/ phrase.
4. Blog the next four sentences/ phrases together with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig your shelves for that very special or intellectual book.
6. Pass it forward to six friends

My nearest book did not have 123 pages in it - I almost did the last page, but then it gives away a great ending. So here is the second nearest book, A People's History of the United States, 1492- Present. It's from the chapter called "Intimately Oppressed" about women's rights.

Then came the list of grievences: no right to vote, no right to her wages or to property, no rights in divorce cases, no equal opportunity in employment, no entrance to colleges, ending with: "He had endeavored, in every way that he could, to destroy her confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life..."

And then a series of resolutions, including: "That all laws which prevent woman from occupying such a station in society as her conscience shall dictate, or which place her in a position inferior to that of man, are contrary to the great precept of nature, and therefore of no force or authority."

A series of women's conventions in various parts of the country followed the one at Seneca Falls. At one of these, in 1851, an aged black woman, who had been born a slave in New York, tall, thin, wearing a gray dress and white turban, listened to some male ministers who had been dominating the discussion.

I have enjoyed this book so far, I hope this bit entices you to read it sometime.

If you haven't yet done this tag and would like to, I tag you.

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