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A Workingwomen’s Association

From the N. Y. Times.

A MEETING of ladies was held Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon, in the office of “The Revolution” newspaper, 37 Park Row, for the purpose of organizing an association of workingwomen, which might act for the interests of its members, in the same manner as the associations of working men now regulate the wages, etc., of those belonging to them. Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Miss Susan B. Anthony wore present, together with Mrs. Macdonald, a Woman Suffrage advocate from Mount Vernon, and a number of other ladies, conspicuous among whom were several still in girlhood, and of unusual comeliness and intelligence.

Miss Anthony stated the object of the meeting to be an organization of workingwomen into an association for the purpose of doing everything possible to elevate women, and raise the value of their labor.

Mrs. Stanton thought it better to organize a Woman’s Suffrage Association, with the view of obtaining the ballot. That was at the bottom of all reforms for the material welfare of women, and no improved wages, or recognition of woman’s right to follow such professions as she chose, could be obtained until she possessed political power, and compelled men to fear her influence. No disfranchised class has power. The negroes of Massachusetts, once despised, finally obtained the ballot The result has been that they have entered the Legislature of that State, and done honor to their positions. They are admitted to the bar and to medicine, and are, in general, educated and respected citizens. Many women say they do not want to vote, but they will never obtain their rights until they do. At a meeting of workingmen, twenty years ago, in England, a speaker told the assemblage they needed the ballot. They hooted at him, and said they wanted only bread. They now feel the ballot to be their salvation.

Miss Anthony said that through the twenty years that Mrs. Stanton and herself had been agitating the Female Suffrage question, the mass of women had been unable to see what good voting would do them. They wanted equal wages with men, but did not realize that the ballot would aid them in their desire.

Miss Anthony playfully remarked that, contrary to established usage, the organization had taken place when the meeting was half over. She suggested that the meeting should imagine its occurrence as preliminary to the speeches. She then proposed that a name for the Association should be decided on.

Mrs. Stanton thought it should be called the Working Women’s Suffrage Association.

Source: The Revolution 1868-12-24

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Newspapers Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily, The Revolution, and the National Citizen and Ballot Box.

Image: Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.C. National Child Labor Committee. No. 282. Girl on left said she was 10 years old and been in mill a long time more than a year. Spinner girl on right said she was 12 years. Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina.

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A Confederate Thanksgiving

Today, the people of this broad Confederacy are called upon to unite in grateful homage to Almighty God, for the splendid triumphs, with which, under His providence, our arms have everywhere been crowned. Never, in the course of the long and unending struggle between Might and Right, has the Divine favor been more signally shown towards the cause of justice, than in the recent events of the contest between the North and the South.

For months a selfish and unsympathizing world has looked on, amazed at the obstinacy and success with which a brave people, thinly scattered over a vast extent of territory, ill supplied with most of the mechanical resources for warm and cut off from all intercourse with the rest of mankind, have resisted the overwhelming odds brought against them, for the subjugation and ruin of their country.


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Housekeeper's Alliance

Mrs. Chatwitt on Domestic Help (1864)

The want of good domestic help in the United States is a great evil, and one which daily increases; and, were it not for the influx of foreigners, I do not know but necessity would drive all housekeepers to some great boarding-house system, thus banishing the holiest of all places– our homes and our private firesides.

No one can travel through our country towns, especially of the Free States of the West, without being struck with the careworn, faded expression of women scarcely thirty years of age; and the merest glimpse at their cares and duties, and the hard work that inevitably falls to their share, shows plainly, why they are broken down ere they are in their prime; shows why there are so many motherless children; why there are so many men mourning over the beloved of their youth, and the breaking up of their household ties; why there are so many with second and third wives.

The young housekeepers, the day after marriage

The young housekeepers, the day after marriage

Look at a young girl entering upon the duties of matrimony, loving and beloved, and anxious to fulfill her domestic and social duties. Watch her year by year until a little family have clustered around her; see with what energy and amiability she has striven against sickness, poor help, and all the thousand trials and perplexities that no one but American housekeepers can understand. With an infant in her arms and an inexperienced girl to help her, she superintends her housekeeping, receives company, nurses her children, acts the seamstress, and strives for her husband’s comfort; and soften her miserable help deserts her when she can least do without. What wonder health and beauty give way! And she could not retain her spirits, and hope against hope that she will be relieved in time to recruit her failing health and energies, but for that calm trust, which I glory in saying most of my countrywomen possess, in an all-wise Creator, an overruling Providence, and a kind Heavenly Father. Yet, though God overrules all things, He does not wish us to fold our hands over this evil; even with faith in Him, we must endeavor to remove it, and look to Him to bless our efforts, not our passiveness. What can be done? Will not some one take up a pen, and tell us what is practicable?– not theories; something practical?


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The Latest Full Text Books Online

As part of the ongoing expansion of our American County History Collection into the Western and Southwestern United States we are working quickly to add new titles in Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

This process involves books coming online initially in image only form with each page scanned and readable as a high resolution JPG.  These books then undergo a double key entry process to provide a full text version that can be read or searched.  The five most recent books to “graduate” to full text searchability are listed here:

  • California: Memorial and Biographical History Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties California — 1892 — Containing a History of this Important Section of the Pacific Coast from the Earliest Period of its Occupancy to the Present Time, together with Glimpses of its Prospective Future; with full-page Portraits of some of its most Eminent Men, and Biographical Mention of many of its Pioneers, and also of Prominent Citizens of Today.
  • Colorado: History of Colorado – Volume I — 1918 — The facts relating thereto are stated not as opinions or mere conclusions of the writers or individual informants, but, in order to avoid personal bias and prejudice, all that is set forth pertaining to important events of public interest in the departments of state history—the military, industrial, educational, religious and social organizations and their progress and results—has been taken from the records, reports and archives, national and state, of the government and administrative bodies relating to the several topics.
  • Oregon: Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties — 1898 — Orvil Dodge quite properly referred to himself as “the compiler” throughout the book. When commissioned by the Pioneer and Historical Association to prepare a volume of “heroic deeds and thrilling adventures,” he readily turned to the old citizens of Coos and Curry counties for their assistance. Their memories, some of them indistinct, their letters and personal narratives all became sources for this volume.
  • Oregon: An Illustrated History of Central Oregon Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties — 1905 — Histories of the state of Oregon have been written before and the field ably covered in a general way. But this, the latest work of the kind, goes more deeply into county detail and contains some features that have never before been presented to the public. For instance the two portraits of the Indian pilgrims to St. Louis in search of the ‘White Man’s Book,’ were procured by us from the Smithsonian Institute, and we believe they have never before been reproduced in any history. Their arduous journey, from a historical viewpoint, forms one of the most romantic episodes in the story of the old and famous Territory of Oregon.
  • Utah: History of Utah — 1890 — In the history of Utah we come upon a new series of social phenomena, whose multiformity and unconventionality awaken the liveliest interest. We find ourselves at once outside the beaten track of conquest for gold and glory; of wholesale robberies and human slaughters for the love of Christ; of encomiendas, repartimientos, serfdoms, or other species of civilized imposition; of missionary invasion resulting in certain death to the aborigines, but in broad acres and well filled storehouses for the men of practical piety; of emigration for rich and cheap lands, or for colonization and empire alone; nor have we here a hurried scramble for wealth, or a corporation for the management of a game preserve. There is the charm of novelty about the present subject, if no other; for in our analyses of human progress we never tire of watching the behavior of various elements under various conditions.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.
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Help Wikipedia with US History

Wikipedia Summer of Monuments is a campaign to improve
coverage of American historic sites on Wikipedia.

We are interested in working with photographers, historians, libraries, and archives to contribute photographs to Wikipedia. Our special focus this summer is the American South, where historic places are underrepresented. However, all pictures of U.S. historic sites will be accepted.

Prizes for the best pictures! The best individual photographers will win cash prizes of $500, $300, and $150. The best institutional collection contributed will win an Institutional Prize of $1,000!


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