In the School of Anti-Slavery, 1840 to 1866
Volume 1 of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Ann D. Gordon, editor; Tamara Gaskell Miller, assistant editor;
Arlene Kriv, Stacy Kinlock Sewell, and Ann Pfau, editorial assistants.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1997.
$70.00 640 pp.
The first of six volumes, this selection includes 224 documents—each of them annotated to identify people and explain references in the text. The volume is also indexed. It opens when Stanton, age 25 and about to marry, and Anthony, age 20 and a schoolteacher, were setting out on quite ordinary adult lives. Eight years later, while she lived in Seneca Falls, New York, Stanton helped to convene the first woman's rights meeting. She and Anthony were brought together in 1851 by their mutual interest in reforms, most importantly by their work to abolish slavery. In documents that combine personal experience with political plans, this volume follows the story of the remarkable collaboration between Stanton and Anthony, their friendships with women across the northern states, and the growth of a movement for woman's rights before the Civil War, especially in New York State. It concludes with the formation of the postwar American Equal Rights Association, devoted to winning voting rights for African Americans and women.