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Hints Upon the Doings of the Fashionable World (December 1882)

(Godey’s Lady’s Book) At this season of the year children’s parties are probably more fashionable than at any other time in the whole year. Many little ones who are busy at other seasons with their school duties now have holiday, and it is their parents’ and guardians’ wish to try and give them pleasure.

There is such a variety of parties given that it is difficult to know where to begin a description; but we will try and give our readers who desire to contribute to their children’s pleasure some hints upon how they may do it.

One of the first things to be considered is the number of guests to be invited, and to try to have them as near of an age as possible; for what will please young children will not gratify their older brothers and sisters, and younger ones do not appreciate what older ones enjoy.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.



Thoughts on Dress by Rev. Daniel Cooper (1865)

(The Christian Recorder/December 2, 1865) Mr. Editor, it is apparent that whatever a man delights in most, that he will seek after. Our Saviour said, “Wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”

What is sought after more than fashionable dress? Like the Athenians who spent all their time either to hear or tell something new. Sir, is it not a fact that the masses both of the church and world are now spending their time as to who shall excel in some new style or fashion of dress?

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s African American Newspapers Collection. This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

White Paper: Quarantine Stations: Controlling Contagion in 19th Century America

Quarantine Stations: Controlling Contagion in 19th Century AmericaInfectious diseases have been a part of the American experience since our beginning. Initially, colonial settlers trusted that the local climate and air protected them from significant outbreaks. However, during the closing decades of the 18th century, outbreaks began to occur more frequently with an epidemic of yellow fever in 1793 taking the lives of nearly 4,000 citizens in Philadelphia. The following year, The Pennsylvania Gazette ran an article that had appeared two days earlier in the Delaware Advertiser about the local arrival in port of what were suspected to be potentially infected goods brought from New Orleans, known to be dealing with an outbreak of yellow fever. In part, that piece read:

“…In consequence of the late unhappy visitation at Philadelphia, ought not every precaution that human wisdom could devise, be adopted, and enforced, to prevent the like calamitous event?

Are not the crew very sickly; and have not two of them died of the Yellow Fever, and been buried, since their arrival to this port?” [The Pennsylvania Gazette, August 6, 1794.] (more…)

Womans Trib - Emma

More Women’s History: The Woman’s Tribune, 1883-1909

The Woman’s Tribune, with its motto in the masthead: “Equality Before The Law,” was launched by Clara Bewick Colby from her home in Beatrice, Nebraska in August 1883. The Woman’s Tribune and Colby as publisher – also editor, typesetter, and correspondent — would become one of America’s most outspoken proponents of Women’s Suffrage and political rights.

Clara Bewick Colby

Clara Bewick Colby

The Woman’s Tribune’s audience included many of the leading activists within the Women’s Suffrage movement, as well as potential suffragist converts among women in the trans-Mississippi West. Colby worked hard to establish the newspaper’s philosophical identity at a time when the Suffrage Movement was characterized by opposing, often vitriolic, factions.

Susan B. Anthony, on more than one occasion, considered The Woman’s Tribune as the organ of the National Woman Suffrage Association, even though the Tribune was never formally affiliated with any national group.

As the second-longest-running woman suffrage newspaper, it was significant for several reasons –

  • Unlike many other Suffrage newspapers, the Tribune was designed as a general circulation newspaper.
  • Colby believed that her newspaper should connect suffrage to other issues of importance and interest to women, particularly to the rural women of the Midwest and West.
  • Political and international issues were presented in the newspaper – Colby was the first officially-recognized woman war correspondent representing a woman’s newspaper during the Spanish-American War.
  • The Tribune was probably the first woman’s paper fully published by a woman.
  • Highly regarded by Suffrage Movement leaders. Elizabeth Cady Stanton considered it “the best suffrage paper ever published” and allowed it to serialize two of her most important works, her autobiography and The Woman’s Bible.

This collection comprises the complete run of all 724 issues subdivided into five parts by date range:

  • The Woman’s Tribune, Part I: 1883-1887
  • The Woman’s Tribune, Part II: 1888-1892
  • The Woman’s Tribune, Part III: 1893-1897
  • The Woman’s Tribune, Part IV: 1898-1902
  • The Woman’s Tribune, Part V: 1903-1909

The National Standard

Expanded Coverage of Women’s Suffrage History

Available Now: The National Standard:  Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Journal!

The National Standard: A Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Journal evolved from three publishing efforts by Aaron M.  Powell and Lydia M. Child, publishers and chief editors, and exploded onto the popular stage in 1870, supporting two of the major social movements in the late 19th Century – the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Temperance Movement.

This publication provided an outlet and forum for women’s viewpoints on social and political reform, literary culture, and highlighted efforts to ban the scourge of alcohol. 

The National Standard: A Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Journal comprises the complete run of: 

  • The Standard – Beginning in May 1870 as a monthly periodical, it was launched and ran through July 1870 focusing on social and political reform.
  • The National Standard: An Independent Reform and Literary Journal — After July 1870, The Standard underwent a name change, returned to its original newspaper format, and focused on women’s political rights and suffrage, in addition to general social and economic reforms. This publication ran from July 30, 1870 to December 23, 1871.
  • The National Standard: A Temperance and Literary Journal — The final editorial focus and name change came in January 1872, when chief editor Aaron M. Powell, and contributors such as Wendell Phillips expanded the focus of The National Standard  to support the burgeoning temperance movement and the increasing drive towards women’s suffrage. The National Standard: A Temperance and Literary Journal ran from January to December in 1872.

These publications set out to rally it readers to the causes of women’s political rights and suffrage, social and economic reforms, and support for the burgeoning temperance movement.

With almost 80 years of Movement history just a click away — The National Standard: A Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Journal joins Accessible Archives’ Women’s Suffrage Collection:

  • Part I. The Lily, 1849-1856
  • Part II. National Citizen and Ballot Box, 1878-1881
  • Part III. The Revolution, 1868-1872
  • Part IV. The New Citizen, 1909-1912; The Western Woman Voter, 1911-1913
  • Part V. The Remonstrance, 1890-1913

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