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,
Claflin, Tennie.

New York: Woodhull, Claflin & Co., 1871. First edition. Frontisportrait with tissue guard. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with slight soiling to front and rear boards Slight wear to crown and tail of spine. Light offsetting from frontispiece. Intermittent very minor foxing, the occasional small darkstain. A very good copy of a scarce book Publisher’s green pebbled cloth ruled in blind and stamped in gilt with gilt spine, beveled edges. Octavo. . [6], 148 pp. (Item ID: 15593)

$1,250.00

Tennessee Celeste Claflin, later Lady Cook, Viscountess of Montserrat, was a flamboyant American suffragette, who was known for being one of the first women to open a Wall Street brokerage firm. She was said to have been backed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was rumored to be her lover. She favored legalized prostitution and believed that women could serve in the military. She ran for Congress in the state of New York. Her sister was Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), the first American woman to run for President. In 1870 Woodhull and Claflin together founded a woman's rights periodical called Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly. In the present work, Claflin argues that "both sexes are born equal, possessed of the same essential germinal qualities of character, conscience and intellect, and entitled to the same blessing of growth and development, the reception of which would conduce to their continual equality."

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