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Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull
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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 “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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xliii
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  1. Chapter One: The Woodhull Manifesto
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter Two: Killing No Murder
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Chapter Three: A Page of American History: Constitution of the United States of the World
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. Chapter Four: The Memorial of Victoria C. Woodhull
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Chapter Five: Constitutional Equality
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. Chapter Six: The New Rebellion: The Great Secession Speech of Victoria C. Woodhull
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. Chapter Seven: My Dear Mrs. Bladen
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. Chapter Eight: Correspondence between the Victoria League and Victoria C. Woodhull: The First Candidate for the Next Presidency
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. Chapter Nine: My Dear Mrs. Mott
  2. p. 50
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  1. Chapter Ten: “And the Truth Shall Make You Free”: A Speech on the Principles of Social Freedom
  2. pp. 51-65
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  1. Chapter Eleven: A Speech on the Impending Revolution
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. Chapter Twelve: The Correspondence of the Equal Rights Party
  2. pp. 78-89
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Speech of Victoria C. Woodhull
  2. pp. 90-97
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: The Beecher-Tilton Scandal Case
  2. pp. 98-124
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: The Naked Truth;or, the Situation Reviewed!
  2. pp. 125-146
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: Dear Lucretia Mott
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: Reformation or Revolution, Which? or, Behind the Political Scenes
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: The Spirit World: A Highly Interesting Communication from Mrs. Victoria C. Woodhull
  2. pp. 166-171
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  1. Chapter Nineteen The Elixir of Life;or, Why Do We Die? An Oration
  2. pp. 172-197
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  1. Chapter Twenty: The Scare-Crows of Sexual Slavery
  2. pp. 198-211
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  1. Chapter Twenty-One: Tried as by Fire; or, the True and the False, Socially
  2. pp. 212-260
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Two: The Garden of Eden; or, Paradise Lost and Found
  2. pp. 261-272
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Three: Stirpiculture; or, the Scientific Propagation of the Human Race
  2. pp. 273-283
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Four: The Rapid Multiplication of the Unfit
  2. pp. 284-294
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Five: I Am the Daughter of Time
  2. pp. 295-298
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Six: Woman Suffrage in the United States
  2. pp. 299-304
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 305-319
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 321-323
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-327
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