National Protection for National Citizens, 1873 to 1880
Volume 3 of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Ann D. Gordon, editor; Allison L. Sneider and Ann Pfau, assistant
editors; Kimberly J. Banks, Lesley L. Doig, Meg Meneghel MacDonald,
and Margaret Sumner, editorial assistants.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2003.
$70.00 646 pp.
The third volume, with 209 documents, begins in the fall of 1873, after Susan B. Anthony's conviction for illegal voting and before the Supreme Court's decision of Minor v. Happersett on the question whether the Constitution recognized women as voters within the terms of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. At its close woman suffragists are pursuing their own amendment to the Constitution and pressing the presidential candidates of 1880 to speak in its favor. Against the backdrop of an end to Reconstruction, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony set the goal of "National Protection for National Citizens" —a phrase defined by Anthony at the end of this volume as the "Supremacy of the United States government in the protection of citizens in their right to vote." The volume recounts the national careers of Stanton and Anthony as popular lecturers, their work with members of Congress to expand women's rights, and their protests during the Centennial Year of 1876.