Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics

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Suffragist, lecturer, eugenicist, businesswoman, free lover, and the first woman to run for president of the United States, Victoria C. Woodhull (1838–1927) has been all but forgotten as a leading nineteenth-century feminist writer and radical. Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull is the first multigenre, multisubject collection of her materials, giving contemporary audiences a glimpse into the radical views of this nineteenth-century woman who advocated free love between consensual adults and who was labeled ...
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Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics

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Overview


Suffragist, lecturer, eugenicist, businesswoman, free lover, and the first woman to run for president of the United States, Victoria C. Woodhull (1838–1927) has been all but forgotten as a leading nineteenth-century feminist writer and radical. Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull is the first multigenre, multisubject collection of her materials, giving contemporary audiences a glimpse into the radical views of this nineteenth-century woman who advocated free love between consensual adults and who was labeled “Mrs. Satan” by cartoonist Thomas Nast. Woodhull’s texts reveal the multiple conflicting aspects of this influential woman, who has been portrayed in the past as either a disreputable figure or a brave pioneer.
 
This collection of letters, speeches, essays, and articles elucidate some of the lesser-known movements and ideas of the nineteenth century. It also highlights, through Woodhull’s correspondence with fellow suffragist Lucretia Mott, tensions within the suffragist movement and demonstrates the changing political atmosphere and role of women in business and politics in the late nineteenth century.
 
With a comprehensive introduction contextualizing Woodhull’s most important writing, this collection provides a clear lens through which to view late nineteenth-century suffragism, labor reform, reproductive rights, sexual politics, and spiritualism.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE

"Victoria Woodhull's contributions to 19th-century feminism are often overshadowed by those of such well-known figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This updated, concise reader of Woodhull's essential writings reveals her deep support of women's suffrage and of radical social theories relating to love, marriage, and family."—E.A. McAllister, CHOICE

— E.A. McAllister

Legacy

"Carpenter's collection provides to scholars, students, and a broader audience of general interest readers an affordable collection of Woodhull's key texts. . . . This collection, complete with a full index and footnotes, has the potential to inaugurate a new era of Woodhull scholarship and commentary."—Amanda Frisken, Legacy

— Amanda Frisken

CHOICE - E.A. McAllister

"Victoria Woodhull's contributions to 19th-century feminism are often overshadowed by those of such well-known figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This updated, concise reader of Woodhull's essential writings reveals her deep support of women's suffrage and of radical social theories relating to love, marriage, and family."—E.A. McAllister, CHOICE
Legacy - Amanda Frisken

"Carpenter's collection provides to scholars, students, and a broader audience of general interest readers an affordable collection of Woodhull's key texts. . . . This collection, complete with a full index and footnotes, has the potential to inaugurate a new era of Woodhull scholarship and commentary."—Amanda Frisken, Legacy
CHOICE

"Victoria Woodhull’s contributions to 19th-century feminism are often overshadowed by those of such well-known figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This updated, concise reader of Woodhull’s essential writings reveals her deep support of women’s suffrage and of radical social theories relating to love, marriage, and family."—E.A. McAllister, CHOICE

— E.A. McAllister

Legacy

"Carpenter's collection provides to scholars, students, and a broader audience of general interest readers an affordable collection of Woodhull's key texts. . . . This collection, complete with a full index and footnotes, has the potential to inaugurate a new era of Woodhull scholarship and commentary."—Amanda Frisken, Legacy

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Meet the Author


Cari M. Carpenter is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia University and the author of Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Note on the Text x

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Woodhull Manifesto 1

Chapter 2 Killing No Murder 5

Chapter 3 A Page of American History: Constitution of the United States of the World 7

Chapter 4 The Memorial of Victoria C. Woodhull 21

Chapter 5 Constitutional Equality 23

Chapter 6 The New Rebellion: The Great Secession Speech of Victoria C. Woodhull 29

Chapter 7 My Dear Mrs. Bladen 37

Chapter 8 Correspondence between the Victoria League and Victoria C. Woodhull: The First Candidate for the Next Presidency 40

Chapter 9 My Dear Mrs. Mott 50

Chapter 10 "And the Truth Shall Make You Free": A Speech on the Principles of Social Freedom 51

Chapter 11 A Speech on the Impending Revolution 66

Chapter 12 The Correspondence of the Equal Rights Party 78

Chapter 13 Speech of Victoria C. Woodhull 90

Chapter 14 The Beecher-Tilton Scandal Case 98

Chapter 15 The Naked Truth; or, the Situation Reviewed! 125

Chapter 16 Dear Lucretia Mott 147

Chapter 17 Reformation or Revolution, Which? or, Behind the Political Scenes 149

Chapter 18 The Spirit World: A Highly Interesting Communication from Mrs. Victoria C. Woodhull 166

Chapter 19 The Elixir of Life; or, Why Do We Die? An Oration 172

Chapter 20 The Scare-Crows of Sexual Slavery 198

Chapter 21 Tried as by Fire; or, the True and the False, Socially 212

Chapter 22 The Garden of Eden; or, Paradise Lost and Found 261

Chapter 23 Stirpiculture; or, the Scientific Propagation of the Human Race 273

Chapter 24 The Rapid Multiplication of the Unfit 284

Chapter 25 I Am the Daughter of Time 295

Chapter 26 Woman Suffrage in the United States 299

Notes 305

Bibliography 321

Index 325

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