Susan B. Anthony’s Newspaper “The Revolution” (1868-1872) published by PaperlessArchives.com
PaperlessArchives.com has announced the publishing of 3,408 pages of “The Revolution”, the women's rights newspaper created by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Los Angeles, CA (PRUnderground) May 29th, 2014
BACM Research / PaperlessArchives.com has announced the publishing of 3,408 pages of “The Revolution”, the women’s rights weekly newspaper created by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, ranging from its first issue January 8, 1868 to its last February 17, 1872.
The collection can be found at: http://www.paperlessarchives.com/susan-b-anthony-the-revolution.html
“The Revolution” has been described as, “one of the most important documentary sources for the history of women in the nineteenth century,” by Cheris Kramarae and Lana F. Rakow, authors of “The Revolution in Words, Righting Women, 1868-1871.”
According to Jerry Spencer, Chief Archivist at PaprlessArchives.com, “this collection allows modern day readers of The Revolution, the opportunity to view the concerns, complaints, solutions, principles, and philosophies that existed in the minds of many women of its era, communicated directly from them.”
Founded by women’s rights activists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in New York City, its first issue was published on January 8, 1868. Anthony handled the business side of the weekly, while Stanton along with co-editor Parker Pillsbury, a leading male feminist of his day, were responsible for its content.
The first issue, January 8, 1868, carried beneath its title on the front page its first slogan, “Principle, not Policy: Justice, Not Favor.” By its second issue the paper added to the end of its motto, “Men their Rights and Nothing More, Women their Rights and Nothing Less.”
According to Spencer the newspaper was unique in that it, “directly advocated for the recognition of essential rights and liberties denied to women, through a combative style true to its name. It covered not only suffrage for women but also social issues, politics, labor movements and finance. The paper touched subjects that were taboo in other newspapers such as domestic violence, divorce, rape, prostitution, and reproductive rights.”
In its mission statement the Revolution declared that it would advocate, “Educated Suffrage, Irrespective of Sex or Color; Equal Pay to Women for Equal Work; Eight Hours Labor; Abolition of-Standing Armies and Party Despotisms. Down with Politicians-Up with the People!”
The paper carried: Coverage of news and events pertinent to the scope of the newspaper; Imparting of the activities and opinions of the paper’s founders, editors, and authors; letters and contributions from readers and others in the women’s movement; Stories on the founding and proceedings of the National Woman Suffrage Association; A financial section covering monetary and trade policies; Foreign correspondence, reporting from women outside the United States on the status and progress of women in other parts of the world; Poetry and fiction; Announcements of events; Transcripts of speeches, conference proceedings, and testimony before government bodies.
By May 1870, The Revolution was deeply in debt. Anthony assumed $10,000 of debt and sold the paper for $1 to wealthy women’s rights activist Laura Curtis Bullard. Much of Anthony’s earnings from the lecture circuit over the next six years went to paying off the debt.
Four months later The Revolution published its last issue on February 17, 1872. Forty-eight years later, the Nineteenth Amendment to the constitution was ratified stating, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
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