The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - Vol. 6

The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - Vol. 6

The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - Vol. 6

The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - Vol. 6

Synopsis

When Clowns Make Laws for Queens, 1880 to 1887 is the fourth of six planned volumes of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The entire collection documents the friendship and accomplishments of two of America's most important social and political reformers.

At the opening of the fourth volume, suffragists hoped to speed passage of a sixteenth amendment to the Constitution through the creation of Select Committees on Woman Suffrage in Congress. Congress did not vote on the amendment until January 1887. Then, in a matter of a week, suffragists were dealt two major blows: the Senate defeated the amendment and the Senate and House reached agreement on the Edmunds-Tucker Act, disenfranchising all women in the Territory of Utah.

As evidenced in this volume's selection of letters, articles, speeches, and diary entries, these were years of frustration. Suffragists not only lost federal and state campaigns for partial and full voting rights, but also endured an invigorated opposition. In spite of these challenges, Stanton and Anthony continued to pursue their life's work. In 1880 both women retired from lecturing to devote attention to their monumental History of Woman Suffrage. They also opened a new transatlantic dialogue about woman's rights during a trip to Europe in 1883.

Excerpt

This is the sixth and final volume publishing selected papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) and Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906). Like the earlier volumes, this one builds upon the work of Patricia G. Holland, Ann D. Gordon, Gail Malmgreen, and Kathleen McDonough in preparing the microfilm edition, Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1991). The underlying search for the papers of Stanton and Anthony is described in detail in the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Guide and Index to the Microfilm Edition (1992).

This series brings the most important documents of that comprehensive collection to print. The Selected Papers focuses on the public careers of two co-workers in the cause of woman suffrage, beginning with the start of their activism in the 1840s and pursuing the story of their ideas, tactics, reputations, and impact until the end of their lives in the twentieth century. Volume six draws on the papers dating from late 1895 to March 1906. It documents the last accomplishments of women whose leadership stretched back more than half a century; it follows the search for their successors, the telling of their stories, their gifts to libraries, and their deaths. It shows them pressing for woman suffrage while the nation went to war, constructed an overseas empire, and disfranchised voters at home.

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