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Inspired by the pursuit of lifelong learning, new complimentary seminars will be presented on the first Friday of every month! Each session will be livestreamed and then available to watch for an additional 24 hours. 

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Sufferage 1872:  The Coming Woman

Moderated by Dr. Bill Greer

The years leading up to 1872 were tumultuous ones in women’s fight to win the vote.  Following the Civil War, the American Equal Rights Association (AERA) advocated for a constitutional amendment granting the vote to both blacks and women.  But passage of the fifteenth amendment outlawing voting rights discrimination by race extended the vote only to black men.  This result led Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many suffragists to abandon the AERA and to form the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), advocating for a sixteenth amendment covering women.  The AERA disintegrated and a rival and less radical American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) grew out of its remains. 

As 1871 opened, a young woman who had played no role in either suffrage organization revolutionized the suffrage movement.  Speaking before the House Judiciary Committee, Victoria Woodhull argued the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments already gave women the vote.  Anthony, Stanton, and the rest of the NWSA embraced Woodhull’s approach and welcomed Woodhull into their leadership.  The AWSA repudiated the idea. 

Labeled “The Coming Woman,” Woodhull ran for president of the United States in 1872.  Her campaign for broad-based women’s rights, and beyond to human rights generally, led to a further split within the NWSA, however.  While embracing her approach to the vote, Anthony turned on Woodhull for her broader agenda.  Stanton and others remained stalwart supporters.  In this talk, we will explore the wide-ranging attitudes among women, the near-war between Anthony and Stanton, and Woodhull’s campaign for the highest office in the land.  And we will see how Susan B. Anthony has a legitimate claim to being the first New York woman to vote. 

Bill Greer has spent decades exploring New York and its history. His recent book, A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in Gilded Age New York, is a nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city teeming with social upheaval and sexual revolution.  His novel The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan portrays the city’s founding as New Amsterdam.  He has been a trustee of the New Netherland Institute, serving as its treasurer, chairing its program to establish the New Netherland Research Center with the New York State Library, and receiving the Institute’s Howard Hageman award.  He has spoken on New York history throughout the Hudson Valley, and over the past year, online.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Friday, March 5th at 2:00pm EST.