Against an Aristocracy of Sex, 1866 to 1873
Volume 2 of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Ann D. Gordon, editor; Tamara Gaskell Miller, assistant editor;
Susan I. Johns, Oona Schmid, Mary Poole, Veronica A. Wilson, and Stacy
Kinlock Sewell, editorial assistants.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
$70.00 728 pp.
The second volume in the series, containing 238 documents, picks up the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony at the end of 1866, when they launched their drive to make universal suffrage the priority of Reconstruction. Through letters, speeches, articles, and diaries, this volume recounts their years as editor and publisher of the weekly paper the Revolution, their extensive travels, and their lobbying Congress. It touches on the bitter division that occurred among suffragists over such controversial topics as marriage and divorce, and traces a national debate over the citizenship of women under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. By the summer of 1873, when this volume ends, Anthony stood convicted of the federal crime of illegal voting. An irate Stanton warned, "I felt afresh the mockery of this boasted chivalry of man towards woman."