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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Susan B. Anthony. Diary entry, January 1, 1872. Holograph manuscript. Susan B. Anthony Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (032.00.00)
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) and Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), ca. 1870. Photograph. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Speech before U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, January 12, 1872. Holograph manuscript. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (031.00.00)
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Relentless Travel and a “New Departure”

As 1872 began, Susan B. Anthony summarized the previous year’s exhausting workload—13,000 miles of travel and 170 meetings! She referenced the huge debts incurred in publishing The Revolution and prophetically noted in her diary meeting U.S. senator-elect Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA), who in 1878 would introduce the first federal woman suffrage amendment. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Cady Stanton addressed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, espousing the “New Departure” argument Victoria Woodhull (1838–1927) put forth the previous year to the House Judiciary Committee, whereby suffragists claimed the ballot as a right already conferred to them as citizens under the Fourteenth Amendment.

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