The Revolution, 1868-1870 Expanding the Woman Suffrage Agenda
Bonnie J. Dow
"Principle, Not Policy; Justice, Not Favors--Men, Their Rights and Nothing More; Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less."
--Masthead of the Revolution, 8 January 1868
On 8 January 1868, the first issue of the Revolution was published in New York City, listing Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury as editors and Susan B. Anthony as "proprietor," or business manager. Although not the first woman's journal in the nineteenth century, the Revolution was significant both in rhetorical and historical terms. It was a rhetorical forum designed specifically to disseminate arguments for woman suffrage, and the controversial positions it espoused would serve to redefine the issues and membership of the woman suffrage movement. Moreover, during its short lifetime, the Revolution contributed to important developments in the internal leadership and organization of the movement. This essay will examine these significant aspects of the Revolution as well as provide a short history of the development of the journal.
Parker Pillsbury, who originally coedited the Revolution with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was an experienced journalist and reformer, having edited the National Anti-Slavery Standard. However, Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, with the financial backing of George Francis Train, were responsible for the establishment of the journal.1 In 1867, during their campaign for a suffrage amendment to the Kan