[Washington, D.C. January 1872. First edition. Some chipping to edges of leaves. Document tape at fore-edge of one leaf. A very good copy of a scarce women’s suffrage item. Modern blue paper wrappers with added modern endpapers. 5 in. by 9in. With caption title as issued. Item #16780
The present report, written by Republican Senator Matthew Hale Carpenter (1824 – 1881), responds to the memorial presented by numerous prominent suffragists including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Elizabeth S. Bladen, Olympia Brown, and Josephine J. Griffing. The suffragists’ memorial argued that the 1870 ratification of the 15th Amendment, which granted voting rights to citizens of the United States regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” should also grant women the right to vote. Carpenter and the Senate denied that the 15th Amendment applies to women’s suffrage and rejected the memorial.
In 1868, Anthony and Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, which campaigned to achieve women’s suffrage through a Constitutional Amendment. The memorial, with its focus on the 15th Amendment, recalls the efforts of Victoria Woodhull in 1871, who addressed the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives with her argument that women should be allowed to vote under the 14th Amendment. In November of 1872, Susan B. Anthony registered and voted for Ulysses S. Grant in the presidential election. She was arrested, tried, and convicted, despite the fact that she also argued her right to vote under the 14th Amendment. OCLC records one library with a digital holding of this item (University of Wyoming) and no physical copies.