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Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Born: Aug 12, 1806

Death: Nov 16, 1893

Birthplace: North Yarmouth

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1806
Date of Death : Nov 16, 1893
Birth Place : North Yarmouth

Elizabeth Oakes Smith was a poet, fiction writer, editor, lecturer, and women’s rights activist whose career spanned six decades, from the 1830s to the 1880s. Most well- known at the start of her professional career for her poem "The Sinless Child" which appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1842, her reputation today rests on her feminist writings, including "Woman and Her Needs," a series of essays published in the New York Tribune between 1850 and 1851 that argued for women’s spiritual and intellectual capacities as well as women’s equal rights to political and economic opportunities, including rights of franchise and higher education.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • Elizabeth Oakes Prince


  • Seba Smith


  • Appleton Oaksmith
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