Victoria Woodhull: Activist, Free-Thinker, Presidential Candidate

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was an ardent campaigner for women’s rights, an advocate for sexual freedom, and the first woman to run for president of the United States. Born Victoria Claflin in Homer, Ohio in 1838, she received very little formal education. At the age of fifteen, she married Dr. Canning Woodhull and had two children…
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Citizens of Boston! Anti-Slavery Broadsides in Boston

From the early 1830s, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in 1863, Boston was the center of the American anti-slavery movement. It was the home of many leading abolitionists of the day including: William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and her sisters, Theodore Parker, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charles…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Maria Weston Chapman

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the fourth post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th-century American women. Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was a noted abolitionist, editor, writer and activist. She was the oldest of eight children born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Emily Dickinson

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the third post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in the family home known as Homestead. From a prominent family, Dickinson attended Amherst Academy…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Celia Thaxter

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the second post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She grew up on the Isle of Shoals and Appledore Island, Maine, where her…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Margaret Fuller

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focuses on special collections featuring extraordinary 19th-century American women. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a groundbreaking editor, critic, journalist, and champion of women’s rights. Born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, Fuller lived a life few women of her time could imagine. After teaching…
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