Their Place Inside the Body-Politic, 1887 to 1895
Volume 5 of The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Ann D. Gordon, editor; Lesley L. Doig, Patricia Hampson, Kathleen Manning, and Shannen Dee Williams, editorial assistants.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
$70.00 736 pp.
The fifth volume opens just after the U.S. Senate voted against a constitutional amendment for woman suffrage. Defeat in that arena did not end suffragists' focus on Washington: the National Woman Suffrage Association convened the International Council of Women there in 1888; Stanton delivered her famous speech “The Solitude of Self” on Capitol Hill in 1892. But rejection of a federal amendment stirred interest in winning women’s right to vote by the action of states. Southerners pressed for national resources to organize their states. Wyoming gained statehood with woman suffrage in 1890, and for the first time anywhere, voters in Colorado approved votes for women in 1893. Elsewhere hard work was met with failure. Anthony returned to grueling fieldwork in a South Dakota campaign of 1890, and she helped campaigns in Kansas and New York in 1894. Though Stanton preferred to lead by writing from the comfort of home, she too joined the New York campaign. Early in 1895, she began to publish the commentaries that would become her Woman’s Bible.