'The Anvil'. Woman's Rights article in Dartmouth College newspaper. Women, Suffrage, Victoria Woodhull, Emily Faithful.

'The Anvil'. Woman's Rights article in Dartmouth College newspaper.

Hanover, NH: Dartmouth Press, January 23, 1873. Vol. I, No. 1. First issue of the Dartmouth newspaper which ran for only the year 1873-1874, with an article supporting women's suffrage but attacking Victoria Woodhull, titled "A Hindrance and a Snare", accompanied with 2 additional numbers (No's. 12 & 19). There is also an article about suffragette Emily Faithful.

The editor argues in favor of the notion that "women may soon be allowed to go to the ballot box without being arrested and imprisoned therefor", and reasons that the movement and change should be "allowed to grow", rather than "to thrust it prematurely upon an unwilling people". This change by the way, took another 46 before the constitutional amendment extending the right of suffrage to women was approved.

Next, however the editor quickly moves on to single out and attack Victoria Woodhull, a leader of the American women's suffrage movement who had just run for president as the candidate for the Equal Rights Party.

'The Anvil' denies that Woodhull is a leader of the movement, states that she "sounded her own trumpet", has no followers, that she is "her own worst enemy", and "a garrulous bundle of absurdities". Woodhull is viciously badmouthed, and called irrelevant: "It is certainly a little singular that so slight a snag can entangle so large a ship. We do not anticipate that this woman will serve as any permanent barrier to the progress of the suffrage movement ..."

Woodhull is dismissed as insane: "We do not regard her as responsible for her own actions", and is compared to Mrs. Sherman "the murderess". Lydia Sherman was a serial killer who poisoned 3 husbands and 8 children, 6 of whom were her own. (Vol. I No. 1, p5).

Interestingly, the very next article is one praising Miss Emily Faithful (sic), an English women's rights activist and publisher, and her "hearty reception on this side [of] the water". ..."she has won the hearts of all classes in England [and] ... gained for herself many friends among the best people in America". A New York reception held by the city's working women for Faithfull is recorded. Emily Faithfull (1835 - 1895) established a female run printing press (The Victoria Press) which published the feminist 'English Woman's Journal (1860-1866).

Many newspaper readers and editors of the day were offended by Woodhull's 1872 publishing of a graphic account in her paper, 'Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly', of the alleged adulterous affair of Henry Ward Beecher with parishioner Elizabeth Tilton, which had resulted in Woodhull's arrest on obscenity charges. Woodhull reported on this well known and nationally covered scandal, as part of her campaign against society's acceptance of influential married men having mistresses on the side. She was duly punished for it.

'The Anvil' was the personal venture of a talented graduate of Dartmouth (1873), Fred A. Thayer. [with] Vol. I, Number 12 (April 24, 1873) and Vol. I, Number 19 (June 12, 1873).

4to, (9 3/4 x 12 1/2"), partially unopened copies. Vol. I chipped at edges, cover detached, Vols 12 & 19 very good condition. Number 19 with the name H. E. Parker in pencil at top of front page. OCLC: 809139385 records electronic copies. Good + overall. Item #24707

Price: $450.00

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