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Constitutional Equality A Right of Woman; or, A Consideration of the Various Relations Which She Sustains As A Necessary Part of the Body of Society and Humanity; With Her Duties to Herself - together with a Review of the Constitution of the United States, Showing That the Right To Vote Is Guaranteed to All Citizens. Also a Review of the Rights of Children
New York: Woodhull & Claflin & Co, 1871. First Edition. Hardcover. A major work of first-wave feminism, written, not coincidentally, during the Presidential candidacy of Claflin's sister Victoria (Claflin) Woodhull. Together, the Claflin sisters formed one of the most notorious partnerships of the American Victorian era - spiritualists, free lovers, socialists, and outspoken feminists, the Claflins opened the first woman-operated stock brokerage on Wall Street, and their controversial newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, published the first appearance of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in America. Many of these activities were financed through Tennessee Claflin's more-or-less openly adulterous love affair with millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt. The present work makes the fairly standard Constitutional arguments for women's rights, but also includes some rather controversial chapters on the institution of marriage (which the author characterizes as sex slavery) and dress reform. Oddly, not in Krichmar. A somewhat difficult book to find in any condition; this copy typically worn, but still serviceable and with extremely interesting provenance, bearing the ownership signature of one of the key figures of second-wave feminism. Octavo (23cm). Publisher's green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; 148pp; frontispiece portrait. Moderate rubbing and wear, with losses at spine ends and cloth worn through at corners; Good or better and internally sound. This the copy of feminist theorist and author Aileen Kraditor, with her ownership signature at bottom margin of second blank, dated 1961.
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