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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Ought women to learn the alphabet? (search)
Mather Crocker, Cotton Mather's grandchild, who, in 1848, published the first book on the Rights of woman ever written on this side the Atlantic. Meanwhile there have never been wanting men, and strong men, to echo these appeals. From Cornelius Agrippa and his essay (1509) on the excellence of woman and her pre-eminence over man, down to the first youthful thesis of Agassiz, Mens Feminae Viri Animo superior, there has been a succession of voices crying in the wilderness. In England, Anthony Gibson wrote a book, in 1599, called A Woman's Woorth, defended against all the Men in the World, proving them to be more Perfect, Excellent, and Absolute in all Vertuous Actions than any Man of what Qualitie soever, Interlarded with Poetry. Per contra, the learned Acidalius published a book in Latin, and afterwards in French, to prove that women are not reasonable creatures. Modern theologians are at worst merely sub-acid, and do not always say so, if they think so. Meanwhile most persons ha