Information for Students
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If you cannot locate copies of our four published volumes of documents in a library or bookstore, you will find some primary sources on this website in the section called "Selected Documents." For more variety, we recommend that you use our electronic edition, Travels for Reform: The Early Work of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1852-1861 for your research.
Travels for Reform offers you a segment of the Papers of Stanton and Anthony online. (The link will direct you to a computer at the University of South Carolina, our partners in preparing the edition.) Our electronic edition provides 138 primary sources of many types by and about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, useful for researching many different topics. The selections focus on early experiments in organizing for change, when Anthony and Stanton worked in New York State to realize ideals they shared with northern reformers.
MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER: when you reach the site, take a few minutes to look at the sections called "Navigating the Editions" and "Searching the Editions." Then spend some time figuring out what sources are there and how they are organized.
The electronic edition is divided into four sections: Breaking into the Temperance Movement 1852-1853, Building the Woman's Rights Movement 1853-1856, Aiding the Antislavery Movement 1856-1859, and Combining Movements 1859-1861. As temperance leaders, Stanton and Anthony championed the right of women to divorce drunken husbands and support their children. As women's rights leaders, they asserted that women should have property and political rights. As antislavery activists and lecturers, they protested the injustice of enslaving fellow humans and destroying black families. These movements gave women their first opportunities to organize meetings, give public speeches, and demand political rights that had been reserved for white males.
A Word about Primary and Secondary Sources
A primary source is a document authored by someone who participated in or witnessed historical events or who was acquainted with historical actors (like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony). Such documents include letters, diary entries, speeches, meeting minutes, petitions, memorials, appeals, announcements, cartoons, and news stories. This is what we call "Papers" in this project. Transcriptions and images of such documents are included in the electronic edition.
Secondary sources are books and articles written after the fact by scholars. These authors did not witness the events about which they write; rather, they study and interpret primary sources. Secondary sources inform their readers of what historians know about a particular topic or event. The introduction and essays at the beginning of each section of the electronic edition are examples of secondary sources, authored by Ann D. Gordon and other staff members of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.