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Anthony, Susan B) Dorr, Rheta Childe.

Susan B. Anthony The Woman Who Changed the Mind of a Nation.


[Anthony, Susan B.] Dorr, Rheta Childe. Susan B. Anthony: The Woman Who Changed The Mind Of A Nation. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1928.
Large 8vo, 367 pp; vertically-ribbed maroon cloth, gold-stamped title and author within a lozenge at front and spine; creamy gold endpapers; t.e.g; illustrated from photographs; fine.
First edition. Inscribed at a preliminary leaf, Harriet Cole Emmons/With warm regard,/ Rheta Childe Dorr./ December 4, 1928.
Feminist and journalist Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948) defied her father at age 12 to attend a lecture by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; later she would come under the influence of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. When her husband proved unsympathetic to her desire for a wider world, she decided to end the marriage and try to establish herself as a newspaperwoman. By 1902 she had a position writing for the New York Evening Post; her most remarkable work there was a series of articles on the working girls of New York City's East Side. Further investigative reporting on working conditions during which she worked as "laundress, seamstress, and factory hand in sweatshops throughout the New York area" became the basis for her book What Eight Million Women Want (1910) - "one of the most notable writings of the muckraking era" (NAW). A 1912 European trip gave her an opportunity to interview suffragettes and feminists; sympathetic to Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, she assisted her with her autobiography My Own Story. In 1914, she affiliated herself with Alice Paul's Congressional Union and became the first editor of the Suffragist, the official organ of the CU where she focused on arousing public opinion. Mrs. Dorr points out that as thorough as the Harper two-volume biography was of the great leader and reformer in some respects, it lacked historical background or context for her remarkable achievements. Dorr researched Stanton and Anthony's scrapbooks at the Library of Congress and other contemporary sources for this vivid account, which, of course, is also an account of the women's movement itself with illuminating portraits of Victoria Woodhull, Isabella Beecher Hooker and others. Krichmar 4440.

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