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Women's Journal. The, Volume VII, Numbers 1-53.


[Suffrage]. Stone, Lucy, ed. The Woman's Journal. Volume VII, Numbers 1-53, 1876.
4to.; printed on newsprint; 53 issues bound-in; three-quarter cloth, marbled boards.
A complete edition of this publication, dubbed "the voice of the woman's movement," founded by Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell in 1870. The Woman's Journal ran each Saturday from 1870-1917, at which time it merged with theWoman Citizen, whose name it kept, while absorbing several smaller papers as well. The Woman's Journal was praised for the quality of its reporting and the reputations of its contributors. Stone was an editor from its conception, and had a hand in running it until her death in 1893, at which time her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, took over. The motto, printed below the title of every issue, reads, "Devoted to the Interests of Woman-to her Educational, Industrial, Legal and Political Equality, and especially to her Right of Suffrage." Individual issues of The Woman's Journal are uncommon; runs that encompass complete years are virtually unprocurable and in the past decade only two similar compilations have appeared in the market. This bound volume was deaccessioned from the State Library of Massachusetts, and is stamped on the spine, "Woman's Journal / 7 / 1876 / F Per. / State Library Mass." Their withdrawal stamp is on the front endpaper, and a small stamp in red ink on the rear endpaper reads, "Jun 29, '39 W.P.A."
As an extension of the American Woman Suffrage Association - Stone's answer to the rival group, the National Woman Suffrage Association, founded by Anthony and Stanton - The Woman's Journal "reprinted meeting and convention addresses and notes, reported on national and international political and social news, and published columns and editorials concerning suffrage issues, as well as poems, stories, and book reviews. Letters to the editor would often provoke serious debates on education, voting rights, and social equality that would last for months" (HAWH, p. 672). Regular contributors included Julia Ward Howe, William Lloyd Garrison, T.W. Higginson, and, of course, Stone and her husband Blackwell. Contributors to its later incarnation, The Woman's Journal, read like a virtual Who's Who of early modern feminism: Anthony, Shaw, and Catt were only a few of the names on its ever-expanding masthead. (ibid.)

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