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In recalling how many times an entirely different interpretation of letters, scenes and actions would have been made from that which Miss Anthony declared to be the true one, the author must confess that here- after all biographies will be read by her with a certain amount of skepticism — a doubt whether the historian has drawn cor- rect conclusions from apparent premises, and a disbelief that one individual can state accurately the motives which influ- enced another.Most persons who have attained sufficient prominence to make a record of their lives valuable are too busy to prepare an autobiography, but there is only one other way to go down to posterity correctly represented, and that is to have some one else write the history while the hero still lives.c •s '^TAT E NIVERS ITYOFMAS r^ --^^^-^.^^«^ ./l^^ i:? ANTHONY INCLUDING PUBLIC ADDRESSES, HER OWN LETTERS AND MANY FROM HER CONTEMPORARIES DURING FIFTY YEARS BY IDA HUSTED HARPER H Story of tbolutioii of the Status of motnan IN TWO VOLUMES VOLUME I ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS, PICTURES OF HOMES. A BIOGRAPHY written during the lifetime of the subject is unusual, but to the friends of Miss Anthony it seemed especially desirable because the reform in which she and her contempo- raries have been engaged has not been given a deserved place in the pages of history, and the accounts must be gleaned very largely from unpublished records and personal recollec- tions.ETC INDIANAPOLIS AND KANSAS CITY THE BOWEN-MERRILL COMPANY 1899 A! The wisdom of this course often has been apparent in the preparation of these volumes.The transition of the young Quaker girl, afraid of the sound of her own voice, into the re- former, orator and statesman, is no more wonderful than the change in the status of woman, effected so largely through her exertions.At the beginning she was a chattel in the eye of the law ; shut out from all advantages of higher education and opportunities in the industrial world ; an utter dependent on man ; " occupying a subordinate position in the church ; re- strained to the narrowest limits along social lines ; an absolute nonentity in politics.If we admit this self-evident proposition, then the question is presented, should it be published during his lifetime ?A reason analo- gous to that which justifies the writing, demands also the pub- lication, in order that denials or attacks may be met by the per- son who, above all others, is best qualified to defend the original statement.
There has not been the slightest attempt at rhetorical dis- play, but only an endeavor to tell in plain, simple language the story of the life and work of one who was born into the simplicity and straightforwardness of the Society of Friends and never departed from them.It is only justice that, since the abuse and ridicule of early years are fully depicted, esteem and praise should have equal prominence ; and surely every one will read with pleasure the proof that the world's scorn and repudiation have been changed to respect and approval.Many letters of women have been used to disprove the assertion so often made, that women themselves do not properly estimate the labors of Miss Anthony in their behalf.It seems a pity, too, that he should be deprived of knowing what the press and the people think of the story of (V) VI PREFACE.liis life, since there is no assurance that he will meet the book- reviewers in the next world.