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Anthony, Susan B. and Ida Husted Harper.

History of Woman Suffrage, The, Introduction to Vol. IV.


Anthony, Susan B. and Ida Husted Harper. "Status of Woman at the Close of Nineteenth Century." Introduction to Volume IV of The History of Woman Suffrage 1883-1900. Rochester: Charles Mann Printing Company, (1902).
Slim 8vo.; printed wrappers, sewn; light wear, slightly darkened.
First edition of this offprint of the introduction to volume four of Anthony and Harper's History of Woman Suffrage. The review from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, excerpted on the verso of the cover/title page, assesses the value of the essay:
This Introduction…argues the whole question of woman suffrage with a running history of the successes and failures in the long struggle for the advancement of women…in pamphlet form this great paper may well have the widest circulation. While the fourth volumes may reach thousands, the Introduction should reach millions of candid readers. We do not now recall in the whole history of any great movement such a masterly consideration, in brief space, of the salient points and most persuasive arguments, as are given in this Introduction…the Introduction treats the question as the great writers in the Federalist treated the new instrument of liberty and law, the Federal Constitution. * * * * This great document is the best ammunition the woman suffragists have today.
Rare: the first copy we have come upon. Most likely done up by Anthony and Harper to promote the concluding volume of their monumental history of the suffrage movement.

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