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Kugler traces the history of the American Equal Rights Association, which formed in 1866 under the leadership of four feminists-Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Lucretia Mott. He documents their support for the inclusion of woman suffrage in the post-Civil War 15th amendment to the US Constitution. When the women were disappointed, they split in 1869 into two factions. The National Woman Suffrage Association, headed by Stanton and Anthony, focused its efforts on winning a suffrage amendment to the constitution and supported a broad range of women's issues, including marriage, divorce, love, and the organization of laboring women into unions. The American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Stone, preferred to work for suffrage legislation on the state level. Unlike its rival, AWSA permitted participation by men. All efforts to achieve compromise and unity, led by Mott and Theodore Tilton, were unsuccessful, and the two groups maintained a rivalry for 20 years. Covering some of the same ground as Ellen DuBois's Feminism and Suffrage: The Emergence of an Independent Woman's Movement in America, 1848-1869 (CH, Jan '79), Kugler nevertheless provides a clear and useful comparison between the goals, strategies, projects, and publications of the two opposing suffrage factions. Undergraduate libraries.-K.J. Blair, University of Washington
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